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Art Class 
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January/February 1998 



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Under the Elms 13 

The campus debates race. . . two 
ambassadors debate Vietnam . . . 
how to stay young forever. . . 
a cavalcade of Olympians comes 
home . . . quitting smoking 
through exercise . . . and more. 


Here & Now 


Carrying the Mail 




Water Polo's Got it All 




By Suzanne Clark 'gg 

In Class 


The Other Seniors 

By Chad Gaits 



Mutual Contempt by [effShesol 


Reviewed by Stephen Fox '71 Ph.D. 

Black Dog of Fate by Peter Bala 


"So Ph.D. 

Ret/iewed by Barbara Bejoian '$4 


The Classes 




Finally. . . 


Wrong Number 

Byjocelyn Hale '85 

Mystery in Stone and Sand 30 

The Jordanian desert reveals its secrets to a Brown archaeologist and 
her students. Photographs by John Foraste. Text by Norman Boucher. 

Filling the Canvas 


A group of aspiring artists descends upon New York to learn why 
they should - or shouldn't -join the art world. By Torri Still 



In 1 90s, David Rohde '90 won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting 
in Bosnia. Now he's a rookie reporter for the NewYork Times. 
By Norman Boucher 

Pagan's Progress 


Brown's Marcus Aurelius celebrates ninety uneventful years. The 
history or his Roman twin is more convoluted. By Brian Floca \)i 

The Odyssey 


An unlikely pairing of professor and student reinvents a course 
and may help to revitalize a neighborhood. By Pamela Petro '82 

Portrait: Clinton's Budgeteer 56 

Economist Janet Yellen '67 has an office 111 the White House and 
the car of the President. By Alexis Simendinger 

( ovi r: Dakhilallah Qublan, a [ordanian worker, 
pauses at the Brown excavation at Petra. 
Photograph by John Foraste 

Volume 98 • Number 3 
January/February 1998 

Here & Now 

Old Enough 

As I read sociology pro- 
fessor Ann Dill's de- 
scription of her great-aunt (see 
In Class, page 24), I laughed out 
loud. The remarkable old 
woman she described — "sharp 
as a tack," in her nineties con- 
tinuing to drink, smoke, and 
manage a cattle ranch in the 
Midwest - reminded me in 
spirit, if not in the particulars, of 
my own great-aunt. 

An Isek Dineson character 
once said, "Women, when they 
are old enough to have done 
with the business of being 
women, and can let loose then- 
strength, must be the most pow- 
erful creatures in the world." On both 
sides of my family, women have lived to 
very old ages, and several of them have 
been powerful forces indeed. One of 
these was my great-aunt Esther. Widowed 
as a young woman, she moved back into 
the antique family homestead in a sleepy 
Connecticut hill town and worked in a 
bank while raising two children. 

In retirement, her domestic obliga- 
tions discharged, Esther came into her 
own. She was an enthusiastic traveler, dri- 
ving to Florida each fall in her ancient 
Mercedes and vacationing in Europe and 
the Canary Islands. Blunt and funny in 
a dry, Yankee way, she was a flirt to the 
end, playing cards and going out dancing 
until her legs failed her. Relatives were 
bemused by Esther's string of boyfriends 
- balding Romeos with hearing aids, 
devoted as dogs, some of whom she trav- 
eled and even cohabited with as late as 
her eighties. As .1 young woman, 1 was 
impressed: Aunt Esther was cool! 

I last saw Esther when she was in her 
nineties, a few years before she died. She 
came to Rhode Island on a balmy June 
day and presided over our backyard picnic 
table in enormous sunglasses and a nun- 
bus ot white hair, Still droll and charming 
ami, yes, sharp as a tack. She reminded 
something Carolyn Heilbrun once 


wrote: "It is perhaps only in old age, cer- 
tainly past fifty, that women can stop 
being female impersonators. 

Age can free us to behave as we wish. 
This freedom is at once tantalizing and 
frightening; many women are not accus- 
tomed to envisioning themselves as 
strong, unconventional, or (in the best 
sense) selfish. Yet I think we are intrigued 
by and attracted to vital, idiosyncratic 
elderly women such as Ann Dill's great- 
aunt, or mine. From them we learn - as 
Dill's students are learning in her course, 
Aging and the Quality of Life - that old 
age isn't all about rocking chairs and 
grandchildren, charming as both of those 
institutions may be. We become powerful 
creatures when we realize that, given a 
modicum of health and financial security, 
old age can be as replete with challenges 
and brio as we make it. 


Anne Hinman DiFfiLY '73 



January/February iygis 
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Carrying the Mail 

Profile in Courage 

Doug Ulman's courage in his tight against 
cancer ("Going for the Goal," September/ 
October) is an example of cancer survivors 
turning potential tragedy into a meaningful 

Despite the current ease with which 
we all say the word cancer, in many peo- 
ple's minds it remains a whispered word. 
Doug's organization will prove to be a 
tremendous support for young men and 
women who survive cancer and feel un- 
able to tell the world. Indeed, it was Peter 
Findlay '85 who enlightened many in 
my generation at Brown with his group 
independent study project, Understanding 
Cancer. The course grew in one semes- 
ter from about fifteen students to 180. 
Although he died of leukemia in 1983, 
Peter still inspires many of us, as I'm sure 
Doug's spirit and energy do now. 

As a pediatric oncologist, I would also 
like to use Doug's example to remind 
readers that early detection can lead to 
the cure of many cancers with minimal 
treatment and side effects. The value 


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Please limit letters to 300 words. We reserve 
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of monthly breast self-exams for women 
and monthly testicular self-exams for 
men cannot be overestimated. If some- 
thing appears unusual, have it examined 
by a physician. Letting masses or moles 
wait too long can be deadly. 

Congratulations to Doug Ulman and 
all survivors whose experience and example 
benefit both those surviving cancer and 
the rest of us. 

Mark P. Atlas '83 

Stony Brook, N.Y 
Ttie writer is director of pediatric stem-cell 
transplantation and assistant professor of pedi- 
atrics at the Children's Medical Center at 
Stony Brook (New York). - Editor 

The Internet's Potential 

Thank you for covering the Internet 
phenomenon ("Plug-In Utopias," Sep- 
tember/October). I use and write about 
technology as the vice president of online 
research and development for a health- 
care publishing company m Santa Barbara, 
California. I'm also the executive editor 
ot Medicine on the Net, a monthly print 
publication that helps health-care practi- 
tioners sort out the Internet. 

Despite the wonderful aspects of the 
Net (I'm able to telecommute full-time 
from my home in upstate New York, for 
example), I warn my readers and audiences 
that the Internet is not a panacea. In tele- 
vision ternunology, the Net is about 10 
percent Masterpiece Tlieater and 90 percent 
Geraldo Rivera. 

However, it is also a useful way of 
sharing information. I was disappointed 
that author David Shenk '88 failed to 
address the potential of intranets (internal 
networks that use Internet technology to 
share information) to filter computer-based 
knowledge in schools. Imagine taking the 
ease of the Internet interface and applying 
it to very limited networks, either within 
one school or in linking several schools in 
a region. With intranets, teachers can con- 
tinue to do what they do well - filter 
information - while taking advantage of 
the best aspects ot Internet technology. 

No technology is a magic bullet, and 
if we forget our poetry in the pursuit ot 
techno-utopia, that is a sad development 
indeed. It is up to parents and educators 
to approach the Net as a tool, nothing 

more. The Internet and intranets will be 
as good or as bad as the people who teach 
others how to use them. 

Jennifer Wayne-Doppke '<!>>' 

Port Byron, N.Y. 

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A Tougaloo Family 

Here is another Tougaloo-Brown con- 
nection ("The Tougaloo Connection," 
September/October). The Mansion was 
the birthplace in 1876 of my mother-in- 
law, Marion Darling Wentworth. Her 
father, Leander Darling, was sent by the 
American Missionary Society to be 
Tougaloo's second (I think) president. We 
still have letters written to him by his 
former students after he returned north. 
Marion was also the grandmother of 
Frances Marion Wentworth '74. 

Lillian Hicock Wentworth '33 

Braintree, Mass. 

The Levy File, Amended 

Aaron KurilofT's otherwise excellent pro- 
file of me ("The Levy File," September/ 
October) took my wife.Valerie - to whom 
I've been married forty-one years - by 
surprise when she read about "Levy and 
his wife, Natalie" deciding to move to 
Prague in the 1960s. I've assured her that 
I wasn't leading a double life, but I'd like 
old friends to know that I was then and 
still am married to the former Valerie 
Wladaver (NYU '53, master's from Mid- 
dlebury '55), and I have never taken 
responsibility for "Natalie's" bed and board. 

It also would have been nice if Aaron 
had mentioned that the action that trig- 
gered most of the events described or 
alluded to was the Soviet-led invasion of 
Czechoslovakia in 1968. 

I should add that Rowboat to Prague, 
the book that cost my wife, daughters, 
and me a home as well as twenty years' 
involuntary absence from Prague, is still 
in print from Second Chance Press. Sag 
Harbor, New York. 

Alan Lcry V> 

Prague, Czech Republic 

4 • I A N II A H V / I- L B R U A R Y I 9 9 8 

Bill Jordy's Amazing Gifts 

I read with sadness that William Jordy, 
professor emeritus of art history, passed on 
in early August (Obituaries, September/ 
October). I'm sure that I am not alone in 
saying that we have lost a great scholar, 
an inspiring educator, and a gentle spirit. 

The single smartest thing I did at 
Brown was to sign up for Jordy's modern 
architecture course as a freshman. He 
opened up a world to me with his lucid, 
marvelously crafted lectures. I took every 
course he offered, along with a gaggle 
of fellow "Jordy groupies." He continu- 
ally enhanced the gift he first gave us: the 
love of architecture and history. Beyond 
the lecture hall, Jordy was a kind, accessi- 
ble mentor who took great interest in the 
aspirations of his students. 

In the last lecture ot each term, Jordy 
would deliver his magnum opus. It was 
not just an overview of the territory 
we'd covered in the course, but a wonder- 
ful composition in which he reintroduced 
major themes, interwove new strains of 
thought, and built toward a great finale. 
As Jordy approached the lecture's end, he 
would step off the podium and, still speak- 
ing, move up the aisle, mesmerizing us 
until, with a final sentence, he would slip 
out the door. And he left us there on our 
feet, applauding him and his amazing gifts. 

Barbara Liiskey I Veinreich '80 

New York City 

Invasive Species 

While I admire Geri Carr Nelson's ('51) 
enthusiasm for gardening and her appreci- 
ation of the beauty ot wildflowers ("Those 
Glorious Natives," Mail, September/Octo- 
ber), her definition of native plants con- 
cerns me. She considers native plants to 
be "those which do well here untended." 

Under this definition, a number of 
attractive wild plants that are wreaking 
havoc on ecosystems all over the country 
would be considered native. Purple loose- 
strife is a beautiful flower that decimates 
the New England wetland areas it invades, 
creating a dense monoculture that other 
plants cannot grow in and that animals 
cannot feed on. Melaleuca is slowly de- 
stroying the Florida Everglades by forming 
dense tangles that literally suck produc- 
tive swamplands dry, and here in California 
the introduced eucalyptus trees are doing 
just a bit too well on their own, crowding 
out truly native plants. 

I think there is a fine line between 

plants that "do well untended" and an 
invasive exotic species that can seriously 
impair an entire ecosystem. We do not 
know yet which plants will simply survive 
in a new place and which will dominate. 
Until we do, it would behoove us to 
plant our gardens with plants that truly 
belong to our area and to be very careful 
about how we define "native plants." 

Brian R. Mitchell 'gj 

Berkeley, Calif. 

Brown Appreciation 

Reflecting on Brown five years out, I 
am surprised to find my undergraduate 
experience still strongly at the center of 
my self-definition. I have run through 
a couple of careers and helped bring two 
small souls into the world, but still it is 
echoes of my research that make me feel 
most alive. It is the poetry I learned, the 
songs I sang in choir, the debates that 
raged between me and a tattered wall of 
books - dreams on loan from the Rock - 
that spur my imagination. 

You don't really appreciate Brown 
until you find that the adult world you 
were preparing tor is full ot redundancy 
and disappointing heroes. At Brown, 
purity ot purpose is as close as your next 
lecture. Thanks for the basis for a lifetime 
of self-learning. 

Ken Murphy 'g2 

Elizabeth, N.J. 

Excessive Correctness 

Of the letters on the Adam Lack [sexual 
misconduct] case printed by the BAM 
last year, one is as significant as it is easily 
overlooked: a six-line expression ot dis- 
gust over Brown's prosecution of Lack, 
concluding: "I am enraged and ashamed 
that I graduated from Brown" ("20/20 
Vision," Mail, May). I join in the senti- 
ment, especially in light ot the praises lav- 
ished upon our past president, Vartan 
Gregorian, in the July BAM. 

Certainly the budget is sound and the 
endowment growing. Yet on Gregorian's 
watch, Brown succumbed to every excess 
of political correctness, retaining, upon 
his departure, only a shadow of its former 
sense and decency. How ironic of the 
BAM to note - given Gregorian's silence 
on the Lack case - that in matters "regard- 
ing controversial, high-profile situations" 
the "beliefs and opinions [of the president] 
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news release issued" ("Mission Accom- 
plished," July). How ironic of you, on 
the facing page, to highlight a quote from 
former Professor Martha Nussbaum to 
the effect that "when social injustice oc- 
curred on campus, [Gregorian] walked 
out and addressed the students personally." 

While Gregorian remained silent, a 
ruined Adam Lack returned to Iowa and to 
heartbroken parents. Incoming President 
Gordon Gee, as his first official act, should 
pardon and absolve Adam Lack of all 
charges and punishments, apologize to him 
publicly, punish those who participated in 
his debacle, and provide him with what- 
ever support he requires, including physical 
protection to resume a normal life at 
Brown. President Gee should, further, dis- 
band the University Disciplinary Council, 
reclaiming at least one sector of the acad- 
emic universe from the wasteland (and 
abnegation of administrative responsibility) 
that is children judging children. President 
Gee should also rid his administration 
of the ideologues and facilitators without 
whose participation the Lack tragedy 
would itself have been impossible. 

Gee, in sum, should send forth the word 
that political correctness is dead at Brown. 
In so doing, he would provide a sorely 
needed example throughout academe. 

Jeffrey M. Dublin '71 

New York City 

Excessive Extremism 

Jeffrey Duban is continuing his nasty attacks 
on President Gregorian and Brown Uni- 
versity, this time in the Providence Journal- 
Bulletin and the Brown Daily Herald [which 
printed letters similar to the one above]. 
It embarrasses me as a fellow alumnus and 
retired faculty member to read such 
totally undeserved and insulting garbage. 
It is clear that Mr. Duban either has not 
studied the published information on 
the Adam Lack case or is committed to a 
philosophy in which male students are 
free to engage in sexual misconduct with- 
out hindrance or consequence. 

The administrators whom Mr. Duban 
seeks to have fired are particularly fine 
individuals, dedicated to the well-being 
of students and willing to make the major 
effort - and incur the very real risks - 
involved in administering and improving 
procedures for handling cases of sexual 
assault and other alleged offenses. Acade- 
mic institutions across the country are 
struggling with these complex problems. 
We need to be patient and to applaud the 
administrators, faculty, and students in- 

volved in refining the disciplinary system, 
and refrain from injecting our own polit- 
ical ideologies into their attempts to 
make progress. Mr. Duban's approach is 
that of the mean-spirited ideologue who 
cares nothing about being constructive 
but wishes only to demean those who 
disagree with his views. 

Philip J. Bray '48 

The writer is Hazard Professor oj Physics, 
Emeritus. - Editor 

Stanford Alumna Reacts 

Vartan Gregorian is quoted as saying, 
"Brown should never have an inferiority 
complex with our sister institutions. To 
me, Brown is great." ("Mission Accom- 
plished," July). On the other hand, Scott 
Upton '98 indicates ("The Transfer," 
Studentside, September/October) that 
Brown can only be great at the expense of 
its sister institutions. The latter is untrue, 
and it is also an unflattering misrepresen- 
tation of what Brown truly is. 

I fail to understand both Mr. Upton's 
and the B.-lAfs apparent insecurity about 
Chelsea Clinton's choice of Stanford tor 
her college experience and their implica- 
tion that Ms. Clinton's choice reflects 
poorly on Brown. Furthermore, I am 
disheartened by Mr. Upton's need to mis- 
represent academics at Stanford in his 
desire to reinforce Brown's merits. 

Many students do have wonderfully 
rewarding experiences at Stanford. Dur- 
ing my five years at Stanford, I filled my 
schedule with seminars and forged close 
relationships with my professors, both 
through classes and through the residential 
system. I encountered many "teachers 
who took great interest in what I was 
learning" and who "learned our names." 
My experiences at Stanford do not in any 
way dimmish the equally rewarding expe- 
riences that my husband (Brad D. Simons 
'85, '91 Ph.D., '92 M.D) had at Brown. 

This fall thousands of college freshmen 
began their postsecondary educations. 
Many find themselves in stimulating and 
rewarding environments other than Brown. 
Brown is great, and so are many other 
universities in America. 

Julie A.M. Simons 

Key Biscavne, Fla. 

Author Amends Review 

Most authors do not comment on reviews 
of their books that are as generous 111 

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their praise as yours was of my book Ris- 
ingTide ("Of Time and the River," Books, 
September/October). In this case, how- 
ever, and at the risk ot seeming to want to 
write the review myself, I think it's appro- 
priate tor me to say something. 

The review discussed only the writing 
and the narrative, and entirely omitted 
any mention of how this great natural dis- 
aster (the flood inundated the homes of 
roughly o.S percent of the nation's popu- 
lation, not the S percent stated in the 
review) made any difference in American 
history. In fact, the flood left a significant 
legacy on national politics, demographics, 
race relations, and the environment. 

First, it created the presidential candi- 
dacy of Herbert Hoover, who was then 
secretary ot commerce and put in charge 
of feeding and rehabilitating 700,000 
refugees. Hoover used the media, which 
put the flood in headlines for weeks, to 
leapfrog over his competitors. 

Second, paradoxically, even while cre- 
ating Hoover's candidacy, the flood helped 
prepare the way for the New Deal by 
redefining the relationship of the federal 
government with both states and individual 

Third, the Great Mississippi Flood cre- 
ated a surge of migration of African Amer- 
icans out of the South. This migration 
began in earnest during and immediately 
after World War I but nearly doubled in the 
1920s before tailing precipitously in the 
1930s. A major factor in this increase was 
the flood. 

Fourth, the treatment of refugees and 
Hoover's behavior led to a breach between 
national black political leaders and the 
Republican Party, helping to prepare the 
shift of black voters to the Democrats. 

Fifth, the decision by New Orleans 
leaders to dynamite the levee and flood 
their rural neighbors combined with the 
economic devastation of central Louisiana 
to bring about the economic and politi- 
cal decline of the city. The action by New 
Orleans also helped elect Huey Long gov- 
ernor and, even more, helped him escape 
the effort to impeach him soon after he 
became governor. 

Sixth, the flood caused a 180-degree re- 
versal in engineering policies toward rivers. 
We arc still living with these policies today. 

These are not insignificant theses. 
None was even mentioned in the review. 
While I appreciate your reviewer's kind 
words about the quality of the writing, 
I believe some discussion of the substance 
of the book was warranted. 
John M. Barry. '68 

Washington, DC. 

Future Alumni 

The photographs and reports from the 
45th reunion in the September/October 
issue were particularly interesting. I had 
been sorting through an old box of pho- 
tos, and I found one that amused me (see 
above). It was taken in 1932 at Gaspee 
Point in Warwick, and it is of my mother, 
myselt (lett), and a neighbor, Selma Cokely 

Selma and I were friends as we grew 
up, and ultimately we graduated together 
in 1952. Possibly this is the earliest photo- 
graph of two '52 classmates extant, ex- 
cluding, of course, siblings. 

Miles Cunat's letter notwithstanding, 
some ot us old coots still do read the BAM. 

Edward II.' Powell '52 


Alumni Respond to Cunat 

Miles E. Cunat '52 ("Low- Visibility Class- 
note," Mail, September/October) laments 
the fact that he was not inundated with 
messages from his 600-plus classmates in 
response to an item about him in the 
December 1996 BAM. Only three class- 
mates contacted him. 

Cunat's "irrefutable conclusion" was 
that "huge numbers of older alumni are 
not reading the BAM." 

Another conclusion might be that 
597-plus classmates read the article but did 
not deign to write, call, or tax Mr. Cunat, 
despite his "highly visible" position while 
at Brown. 

Jim Fernald '33 

Sunset Beach, N.C. 

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well-spoken with a Midwest intonation, 
friendly. So were most of us. 

Let's not delude ourselves - at our age, 
many things other than the mention of a 
long-forgotten acquaintance compete tor 
our attention and interest. There's no need 
for me to respond to the mention of a 
classmate. Admittedly, I was pleased to read 
that he is a survivor, as are the rest of us. 

And that brings me back to the BAM: 
We do read it, and we even write letters 
to the editor. Then we get back to the 
relationships that are so much more mean- 
ingful at this stage in our lives. 

Lawrence R. Ross '52 

New York City 

The Ice Cream Man Goeth 

Anyone who has attended a Brown foot- 
ball or hockey game is surely familiar with 
[irnmy, the gentleman who for some thirty 
years sold refreshments in the stands. The 
sound ot his voice screeching "ice cream" 
and "popcorn" is part ot my memories of 
attending Brown sports events. His cheers 
and his high-fives made every Brown 
score a bit sweeter. 

After five years away, this tall I returned 
to Brown and found that Jimmy has retired 
from his job. At the Princeton-Brown 
football game. 1 saw him standing alone, 
quietly. I would like to salute Jimmy for 
his spirit and dedication during his long 
Brown career. 

David Small 'c)2 


Our Government, Our War 

I write concerning Alan Meyers s letter 
("Student Strike Changed His Life" Mail, 
September/October), in which he used a 
curious phrase to describe the war in Viet- 
nam: "our government's war." Why was 
this conflict just "our government's war"? 

I do not want to be unfair to Dr. 
Meyers, who must be admired for turning 
a difficult situation into something posi- 
tive for himself. But the distinction he 
has drawn, in a disquieting way, reminds 
me of North Vietnam's efforts at that time 
to appeal politically to the people of this 
country as if they were different from 
and not responsible for the cruel acts of a 
ruthless government. 1 reject the implicit 
dichotomy between people and their 
government, and I suggest such a distinc- 
tion paves the way to responsibility- 
avoidance and misunderstanding. 

I \ \ I Vm FEBRUAm 1 ')') 8 

Yes, I admit to being a little sensitive 
about this issue, as I was, like Dr. Meyers s 
buddies, called to serve in Vietnam (1967- 
68). Whether anyone supported that effort 
or not, or is proud or ashamed of it, is 
not the point. My point is that Vietnam 
was not the "government's war"- it was mv 
war. our war. We must all answer for it, 
for better or worse, just as we are all re- 
sponsible for "our government." 

In my view the shunning of responsi- 
bility for the Vietnam War reflects the same 
attitude that helped perpetuate the inex- 
cusable neglect of our veterans, on whom 
we turned our collective back for so many 
long and painful years, thereby creating 
another class of victims of that war. 

Peter D. Stergios '64 

New York City 

More Millennial Musings 

The letter from David Detrich '60 ("More 
on the Millennium," Mail, September/ 
October) commenting on the letter "Here 
Comes the Millennium" by Dr.Juanita 
Wagner '49 Ph.D. (Mail, May) caught my 
eye. Mr. Detrich and Dr. Wagner both 
may be wrong. 

Mr. Detrich points out that the enu- 
meration of years from the birth of Christ 
actually began with the year one, and, 
therefore, the new millennium begins on 
January 1 , 2001 . not 2000, as many insist. 
He states. "Time went from the end of 
1 B.C. to the beginning of 1 A.D" I'm 
sure he is aware that people didn't suddenly 
begin re-counting after the star appeared 
over Bethlehem. Nor did the world 
suddenly go back thirty-three years to the 
beginning of Christ's life and re-count 
them after the miraculous event of the 

It was in the sixth century that the 
scholar Dionysius Exiguus developed a 
calendar based on the birth of Christ. 
He had only references in the gospels to 
the political leaders of the time on which 
to base his calculations (Herod, king of 
Judea, Matthew 2: 1 ; Quirmius, governor 
ot Syria, Luke 2:2). Modern scholars gen- 
erally believe that Dionysius Exiguus's 
calculations are wrong and that Christ's 
birth was actually several years earlier 
than originally thought. If that is true, the 
momentous millennium has already 
come and gone. 

Wanda Hunter 

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Interpreting Title IX 

Writers of recent letters suggesting that 
President Gregorian may have charted an 
independent course regarding Title IX 
litigation are misinformed. Each and every 
action taken by the president and the 
University was a studied, principled re- 
sponse to what many see as a misinterpre- 
tation ot an important law. As chairman 
of the Corporation Committee on Ath- 
letics, and as a longtime member of the 
Corporation Legal & Governmental 
Affairs Committee, I know firsthand that 
the Corporation, its officers, and appro- 
priate committees were kept fully advised 
of the issues and of Brown's position, and 
were involved when major decisions 
were made. 

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committees believe it was inappropriate 
for us to vigorously assert our views and 
to defend the University's stellar record 
of accomplishment and commitment 
to equal treatment. The only matter that 
remained for trial was the issue of pro- 
portionality and its broader implications 
relating to all University programs. That 
fundamental issue remains to be resolved 
by the Supreme Court. 

In the meantime, we have an ever- 
improving athletic program with outstand- 
ing men and women student-athletes 
whose everyday efforts to bring honor to 
Brown merit our admiration and support. 

Joseph L. Tauro \ ? 

The writer, a trustee emeritus, is chief judge of 
the U.S. District Court, Boston. - Editor 

All in Favor, Say Neigh 

I am writing to correct Bob Christin's 
misapprehension that the varsity eques- 
trian team was added only to fulfill Title 
IX requirements and does not increase 
the participation ot Brown women in 
varsity sports ("Time to Change Title IX," 
Mail, September/October). 

The equestrian team was added (thanks 
to generous donor funding) because 
research showed that there was a lot ot 
interest in joining such a team. Last year, 
ioo students came to the first informa- 
tional meeting. 

Mr. Christm and I have differing 
views of Title IX's benefits to female ath- 
letes. I played women's ice hockey before 
Title IX, when we sold chocolate bars 
to raise money to travel to Canada to 
play the nearest team. We had inadequate 
safety equipment and depended on vol- 

unteers from the men's varsity team to 
coach us. We had three hours of ice time 
a week at non-prime times. 

Anyone who has seen the caliber of 
women's ice hockey now, with great coach- 
ing, equipment, and lots ot good ice time, 
wll not question the benefits ot adequate 
funding. I am delighted that my daughter 
and her friends have great role models 
such as the female athletes at Brown. 

Marria Hoffer Goctz 'yi 

Barrington, R.I. 

The members ot the varsity equestrian 
team do not appreciate the cynical views 
ot Bob Christin '69. To claim that our 
team exists merely to bolster Brown in 
the wake of problems with Title IX is 
simply unfair. Besides the obvious over- 
sight that the team is coeducational, your 
reader is overlooking the tremendous 
commitment and enthusiasm ot the team 
members and the prestige they bring to 
our school. 

The response to the varsity status of 
Brown's equestrian team has been enor- 
mous. Last year, seventy students tried out 
for the team. This year, forty-hve students 
tried out for only ten spots. Our team 
carries some ot the best riders in the coun- 
try, and various representatives of Brown 
deal with an endless list of inquiries from 
prospective freshmen. Clearly our team is 
building a solid position at Brown out- 
side the Title IX debate. 

Sam Seideu 'gg 

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Good Company 

It was a very long time ago that I first 
subscribed to the BAM, and I did so 
111 hopes ot getting glimpses into the lives 
ot my Brown contemporaries. This hap- 
pened rarely. 

But in the meantime, living for many 
years overseas, I came to enjoy and admire 
the insight the B.-Llfs articles provided 
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I read with delight E. Gordon Gee's 
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the coming years Brown will not be seen 
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Under the Elms 

At brown, most discus- 
sions about race happen 
in so-called sate places: in 
classrooms, committee rooms, 
and dorm rooms — or, for 
students of color, during the 
Third World Transition Pro- 
gram (TWTP), a four-day 
megaworkshop on race, 
class, and gender that pre- 
cedes the general freshman 
orientation. In such dis- 
cussions, students and fac- 
ulty air their grievances, as 
well as their views on 
such thorny issues as cul- 
tural difference, assimila- 
tion, and affirmative action, 
with some protection from 
the political winds just out- 
side the door. Step outside the 
personal or the theoretical, 
though, and all refuge is gone 
— or so the thinking went 
until last semester. 

In September and October, 
President-elect E. Gordon 
Gee's administration convened 
a series of meetings with rep- 
resentatives of minority-student 
groups and veterans of TWTP. 
While no changes in programs 
have been announced, some 
members of the Brown com- 
munity quickly perceived 
that a changing of the guard 
could lead to a rethinking of 
the way the University han- 
dles race relations. Whether or 
not such perceptions are jus- 
tified, race suddenly became a 
hot topic around campus. In 
a televised debate, students 
and faculty hashed out the pros 
and cons of affirmative action. 
The letters page of the Brown 
Daily Herald, a veritable Ping- 
Pong match of conflicting 
views, engulfed the news sec- 
tion: for must readers, it was 
the news. I lie result was a series 

Socratic Dialogue 

An ancient Greek philosopher 
sparks a timely debate on race 

of public discussions about 
race that many participants be- 
lieve were the most construc- 
tive in recent memory. 

So who turned up the 
heat on this most incendiary 
of issues? The short answer is 
Socrates. In September, Assis- 
tant Professor of Political Sci- 
ence John Tomasi asked 650 
students vying tor a place in 
his popular class, Introduction 
to Political Thought, what the 
tree-thinking Greek philos- 
opher would think of today's 
Brown. Did the University 
encourage discussion, Tomasi 
wondered, or were Brunonians 
like the Athenians ofSocrates's 
time - a "nervous and un- 
certain people" who squelched 
debate and executed contro- 
versial figures, including 
Socrates himself? In particular, 
Tomasi asked how the philoso- 
pher would view TWTP and 

the orientation program in 
general. For instance, why did 
upperclassmen "orient" first- 
year students? Perhaps, Tomasi 
suggested, it should work the 
other way around. 

The lecture was well 
received, Tomasi says, both by 
his prospective students and 
by a capacity crowd when 
he repeated it during Parents' 
Weekend. Only when an 
account of the talk appeared 
m the BDH on November s 
did Tomasi become a lightning 
rod for racial tensions. What 
was originally a hypothetical 
Socratic dialogue "came out 
looking like a broadside" 
against TWTP, Tomasi says — 
which was not the soft-spoken 
professor's intent. The roiling 
debate that ensued in the pages 
of the BDH and in a packed 
November \z symposium 
on race raised a larger, more 

troubling issue tor Tomasi. 
"There's a tendency to 
think that when we ask 
questions about a program, 
we're attacking it," he said. 
"And that's dangerous." 

That danger was appar- 
ent last semester, when 
the Asian American Stu- 
dents Association invited 
conservative author Dinesh 
D'Souza to debate affirma- 
tive action with Frank Wu, 
a liberal law professor from 
Howard University. (By co- 
incidence, Tomasi had agreed 
to moderate the debate two 
months before the Socrates im- 
broglio.) D'Souza's views are 
generally unpalatable among 
Brown students and faculty. In 
his best-selling book The End 
of Racism, D'Souza not only 
opposes affirmative action tor 
holding back whites and Asian 
Americans, he blames it, along 
with desegregation and other 
products of the civil rights 
movement, for African Amer- 
icans' social "pathology" and 
for the cultural decay of the 
inner cities. 

"We thought the best way 
to represent the [affirmative- 
action] debate was to invite 
the most controversial figure 
around," said Devinder Singh 
'98, who invited D'Souza 
and Wu, both of whom are 
Asian American, as the high- 
light of Asian American History 
Month. "We didn't want to 
debate affirmative action 111 
classic Brown style, just hearing 
the PC. liberal side of the 
issue and smiling and feeling 
good about that." More than 
500 students flocked to the 
event, with another 200 turned 
away for lack of space. Many 


Under the Elms 

attended to sharpen their own 
thoughts on the issue - "to 
figure out what kind of agenda 
they need to set up," said 
Karen McLaurin-Chesson '73, 
associate dean of the College 
and director of the Third 
World Center. 

A handful ot students, how- 
ever, came out of a sense of 
outrage that D'Souza would 
be allowed to explain his view 
on campus. The International 
Socialist Organization (ISO) 
had plastered posters around 
campus and written letters to 
the BDH denouncing (and at 
times misquoting) D'Souza's 
books. About thirty members 
of the group picketed outside 
Andrews Dining Hall, where 
the debate was held, shouting 
that there should be "no free 
speech for hatemongers." 
According to the ISO's Pranav 
Jani, a graduate student in 
English, "Inviting someone of 
Dinesh D'Souza's stature to 
Brown represents a victory for 
him." Rather than debating 
D'Souza, the ISO wanted, in 
Jam's words, to "effectively 
shut him up" by building sub- 
stantial opposition to his very 
presence on campus. 

The strategy didn't work. 
Students expressed overwhelm- 
ing support for the debate, if 
not necessarily for D'Souza, 
and the cable network C- 
SPAN broadcast a tape of the 
event on December 13. (It will 
be rebroadcast in February.) 
By preventing the protesters 
from reducing the occasion to 
a shouting match, students 
proved to Tomasi, among oth- 
ers, that they were willing to 
hear and discuss a spectrum 
of views on even a subject as 
volatile as affirmative action. 

All of which is not to 
downplay the racial tensions 
that do exist just beneath the 
surface at Brown - as well 
as at most other universities. 
Some white students feel un- 
fairly excluded froniTWTP, 
which takes place before they 

get to campus in the fall and, 
they say, divides the class into 
racial subgroups before any 
chance of unity is possible. 
At the same time, only half of 
all minority students partici- 
pate in the program, and not 
all participants support it. 

Race at Brown is literally 
no longer a black-and- 
white issue. While affirmative 
action programs and TWTP 
grew out of efforts to bring 
more African-American stu- 
dents to Brown in the 1960s 
and 1970s, over the past ten 
years, the number of Latino 
and Asian students at the Uni- 
versity has doubled, while the 
number of black students 
has dipped slightly. This multi- 
racial dimension of campus 
lite has steered much of the 
discussion about race toward 
more complex, nuanced ques- 
tions:Where does race inter- 
sect with class, for example, in 
such contentious issues as need- 
blind admission 

and financial aid? How can 
Brown both respect racial dif- 
ferences among students, fac- 
ulty, and staff and foster cross- 
cultural understanding? 

Although these issues have 
long been kicked around 111 
private, the Tomasi brouhaha 
and the D'Souza debate 
brought them to the Brown 
community at large - and that 
new openness may have last- 
ing effects. In November, Dean 
of Student Life Robin Rose 
assembled a multiracial group 
to discuss the issues raised 
throughout the semester, and 
she plans to continue the dia- 
logue in sessions throughout 
the spring. Likewise, Associate 
Professor of Afro-American 
Studies Lewis Gordon led a 
discussion group in November 
about the apathy ot white 
students toward campus racial 
issues. When a similar group 
was organized two years ago, it 
fizzled out for lack of interest; 
this year more than 150 stu- 
dents showed 

Book Ma 

Professor of Visual Arts Walter Feldman has been making 
books since he was eight years old. His creations, which 
were on display last fall at the Rockefeller Library, include 
this accordion-shaped piece, Song of Songs, based on an 
Old Testament love poem. Framed by bright flower-like 
shapes and swirls, the text was handset on Feldman's own 
press, a 1953 Vandercook model, and printed on fibrous 
Japanese paper. Feldman says he chose the accordion 
format because he "wanted to have a book format that 
could be changed into different shapes. I wanted the idea 
of touching, of getting involved in the feeling of the book." 

up, two-thirds of them white, 
and they arranged to meet 
monthly for the rest of the year. 

In January, what was for- 
merly a one-day faculty and 
staff celebration ot Martin 
Luther Kingjr.'s birthday will 
become a weeklong roster 
of workshops on racial aware- 
ness and history, culminating 
in a talk by Gee. Given the 
kind of dialogue that has arisen 
on campus this fall, it's likely 
to be the kind ot week even 
Socrates would approve of. 
- Shea Dean 

A Country, 
Not a War 

Two ambassadors remember 
the past and face the future 


hen people in the 
United States hear the 
word 'Vietnam,' they think of 
a war," said CNN correspon- 
dent Ralph Begleiter '71 in 
introducing the speakers at a 
historic forum that took 
place in the Salomon Center 
tor Teaching last November. 
"When people in Vietnam 
hear the world 'Vietnam,' they 
think of a country." That, he 
pointed out, is the crucial 
difference in perception that 
still keeps Vietnam and the 
United States apart. 

That this perception gap 
is slowly closing, however, 
was evident in the presence 
on stage of two men who had 
never before appeared to- 
gether at a public forum: 
Douglas "Pete" Peterson, the 
first U.S. ambassador to Viet- 
nam since the war, and Le Van 
Bang, the Vietnamese ambas- 
sador to the United States. 
The event was an informal 
Stephen A.Ogden Jr. Memor- 
ial Lecture on International 
Affairs; the two ambassadors 
sat in comfortable chairs 
around a low table answering 
questions from Begleiter. 


U.S. Ambassador 
Pete Peterson 
and Vietnamese 
Ambassador Le 
Van Bang warm up 
in Gardner House 
before their Ogden 
Lecture last fall. 

Then again, these were no 
ordinary ambassadors. Their 
meeting was significant not 
only diplomatically but person- 
ally. Peterson, an Air Force 
pilot shot down during the 
Vietnam War and later a three- 
term Democratic congress- 
man from Florida, spent six- 
and-a-half years as a prisoner 
of war, including time in 
the infamous prison that pilots 
called the Hanoi Hilton. 

"When I came home in 
1973." Peterson had told Pro- 
fessor ot History Charles 
Neu's class, America's Longest 
War: The United States in 
Vietnam, that morning, "I 
came home to a family I no 
longer knew, to a seven-year- 
old child I'd never seen. I 
started my life over again." 

During that same war, 
Le Van Bang was a member of 
a brigade that repaired bomb- 
damaged roads and bridges. "I 
was making the holes," Peter- 
son joked at the evening event, 
"and he was filling them." 
Le was in Hanoi during the 
Christmas bombing of 1972, 
during which B-52S devas- 
tated the city. Later, as a young 
diplomat, he was the first man 
to receive Henry Kissinger 
in Vietnam after the signing 
of the Paris Peace Accords. 

As the two men reminded 
their audience, their work has 
been made more difficult by 
1 he long and bitter memory 
of most Americans toward the 

war. For decades the issue of' 

accounting for U.S. prisoners of 
war and for soldiers missing in 
action has precluded relations 
between the two countries. 
But thanks to what Peterson 
described as a "monumental 
effort" to account for the 
POWs and MIAs. the two 
countries finally exchanged 
ambassadors last June. "The 
POW/MIA issue delayed 
efforts to normalize relations," 
Peterson said, "but it was the 
POW/MIA issue that finally 
led us back to Vietnam." 

For now, Vietnam has more 
to gain from this new rela- 
tionship than does the United 
States. "On the one hand," 
said LeVan Bang, "we have in- 
dependence now, but on the 
other hand, we don't have a 
better living standard for our 
people." Peterson added that 
attracting U.S. businesses has 
become such a strong desire in 
Vietnam that as he travels the 
country his past is never men- 
tioned. Investment always is. 

Both ambassadors cau- 
tioned that, despite the new 
era ot good feeling between 
the two countries, serious ob- 
stacles remain. "It's still very 
difficult to do business in 
Vietnam," Peterson explained. 
"The country is weak in 
management expertise, and 
the judicial system is not very 
good. The word 'audit' is 
largely unknown. And Viet- 
nam does not yet enjoy Most 
Favored Nation status, mostly 
because the Administration 

cannot certify that the coun- 
try has free immigration. 
Because of this, if you make a 
widget in Vietnam, you can't 
send it to the United States, 
the biggest consumer in the 
world." Nevertheless, Ford 
now makes vehicles in Viet- 
nam, and more than 500 U.S. 
companies are doing business 
there for markets outside the 
United States. 

Peterson and LeVan Bang 
have become good friends, 
and the warmth between them 
was evident during their 
Salomon conversation. Also 
striking was the civility of the 
audience. There were no 
demonstrations and only one 
hostile question (from an 
audience member concerned 
about the persecution of 
Buddhists in Vietnam) - a far 
cry from the reception Peter- 
son in particular would have 
received on a college campus 
twenty-five years ago. 

Asked about that era, Peter- 
son said, "One of the major 
reasons I decided to accept the 
opportunity to be the ambas- 
sador to Vietnam was to heal. 
I and my family experienced 
every indignity, every pain 
short of death. Now I want to 
reconcile and do something 
constructive. I have no con- 
trol over what happened yes- 
terday, but I have full control 
over and a responsibility tor 
what happens tomorrow. I have 
a responsibility to do it right." 
— Nornitw Boucher 

Aging Science 

How we get old - and when 

You don't need a micro- 
scope to see the effects 
ot aging: some graying, some 
loss of memory, a sudden 
attraction to golf or gardening. 
But understanding the bio- 
logical causes of growing old 
requires a close inspection of 
genes, those tiny, ubiquitous 
reservoirs of the code that 
tells all living things - from 
fruit flies to humans — how to 
make the proteins that deter- 
mine our physical makeup. 

Two recent studies by 
Brown researchers have dra- 
matically advanced our under- 
standing of the ways genes 
determine how we age and 
how long we live. John M. 
Sedivy, associate professor of 
cellular molecular biology 
and biochemistry, and his col- 
leagues Jeremy P. Brown and 
Wenyi Wei showed that at 
least one gene, called p2i. may 
be responsible for actually 
turning on the aging process. 

The study, whose results 
were published in Science, 
showed that cells without a 
p2i gene never underwent 
senescence, the extended 
period of arrested growth that 
precedes death. Rather, these 
cells continued to divide 
right up until the time they 
died, completely skipping 
their "old age." 

If this is the case, then 
why would our bodies harbor 
.1 normal gene that triggers its 

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Under the Elms 

own decline? "It's all specula- 
tion at this point," Sedivy says, 
"but maybe senescence is actu- 
ally protective against cancer, 
a process which is very closely 
tied to growth. Perhaps the 
incidence ot cancerous trans- 
formation would be even 
higher if we did not have this 
extended period without cell 
growth and reproduction." 

The question of how to 
delay senescence as long as 
possible was the subject of an 
article m a recent issue of 
Nature by Assistant Professor 
of Ecology and Evolutionary 
Biology Marc Tatar and re- 
searchers at the University of 
Minnesota. Until now, the 
conventional wisdom has 
been that eliminating stress is 
an important ingredient in 
the recipe for living a long 
and healthy life. But a report 
in the November 7 issue of 
the scientific journal Nature 
indicates that at least some 
kinds ot discomfort may help 
some organisms live longer. 

Tatar showed that fruit 
flies heated as young adults to 
thirty-six degrees Centigrade 

(about human body tempera- 
ture) lived longer than flies 
kept cool and comfortable. 
That the flies would respond 
to heat was expected; all ani- 
mals have genes for making 
so-called heat shock proteins, 
which help animals respond 
to stress. These heat shock pro- 
teins work by wrapping other 
proteins in a protective cloak. 

But Tatar discovered that 
longer-lived flies had higher 
levels of heat shock protein 70 
(hspyo). One group was given 
additional hspyo genes and 
then exposed to heat for 
varying amounts of time. The 
longer the flies were heated - 
and the more hspyo they pro- 
duced - the longer they lived. 

Two other sets of flies were 
never exposed to heat, one 
with extra hspyo genes and 
one without. Both sets lived 
shorter lives than the heated 
flies, raising the possibility 
that some kinds of stress may 
permit animals to live longer. 

"The average fruit fly out- 
side the laboratory is probably 
exposed to enough heat 
shocks every day to activate 


Senior Kristi Abrams was named a Rhodes scholar, while Sylvia 
Sellers-Garcia '98 and Justin Driver '97 won Marshall scholar- 
ships. . . . Dean of Student Life Robin Rose was a part of a group 
that had breakfast with President Clinton in November during 
the White House Conference on Hate Crimes Led by 
the Young Communist League, thirty students stormed into 
the office of Donald Reaves, the executive vice president for 
finance and administration, demanding that Brown waive late fees 
and interest rates for students on financial aid and allow anyone 
from Providence access to University libraries; Police and Security 
officers escorted the group out after ten minutes. . . . Professor of 
Mathematics Thomas Banchoff was named Rhode Island Profes- 
sor of the Year, , . . Professor of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences 
and former Dean of the College Sheila Blumstem was named 
interim provost until June 30, 1998. . . .The athletic department 
unveiled a new logo, featuring a snarling bear with claws. 

the genes that raise levels of 
hspyo," Tatar observes. "This 
study suggests that maintaining 
protein structure is important 
to longevity, since this is what 
heat shock proteins do." 

Now all we need is to get 
rid of our p2i and take hsp yo 
supplements. -John F. Lauerman 

ship committees and praise 
from her professors. The 
enthusiasm in her voice - and 
the fact that she spends up to 
twenty hours per week doing 
independent research — hints 
that this is a labor of love, not 
simply resume fodder. "The 
lab is like having a really fun 

Corrosion Proof 

Facing down adversity 

is a woman on the go, a 
blond blur streaking across 
campus on her way to crew 
practice or lab or one of sev- 
eral volunteer jobs. "My room- 
mates think I'm a tad over- 
scheduled," she says with a 
laugh, "but it's the way I keep 
my sanity." 

Three years of oversched- 
uling earned Van Vliet the 
first William Park Woodside 
Scholarship from ASM Inter- 
national (a society tor materials 
engineers), which is covering 
her full senior-year tuition. It 
is one of three national awards 
Van Vliet, a materials-science 
engineering concentrator 
from New Jersey, has earned 
this year. 

Van Vliet has no trouble 
tilling up an application; 
her research alone, a three-year 
study ot titanium corrosion, 
merits interest from scholar- 

Krystyn van Vliet '98 has coffee 
with Fred, whom she met through 
Best Buddies. 

job," Van Vliet explains. "I 
come in, plan what I'm going 
to do, then do it. I prefer 
applied research because I get 
to see immediately how it's 
put to use." 

She devotes much of her 
down time to volunteer work, 
including directing the Brown 
chapter of Best Buddies, an 
organization that matches 
mentally retarded people with 
a buddy. Van Vliet has been a 
buddy to Fred, a local man, 
for two years. The pair meets 
weekly, usually for coffee. "He 
doesn't speak," she says, "but 
he has certain signs that I can 
understand. When he makes 
the sign for coffee grinder, 
I know what he wants." The 
first year the two were buddies, 
Van Vliet says, it was a matter 
of "sitting there trying to 
get used to each other." But, 
she adds, "Now that I don't feel 
the need to fill every minute 


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Under the Elms 

of silence, I look forward to 
seeing him every week and 
am incredibly sad about the 
prospect ot leaving him when 
I graduate." 

VanVliet attributes her 
altruism and boundless energy 
to two factors. "Part ot it has 
to do with the way I was 
raised, as part of a community 
that constantly reinforces the 
notion that you're only one 
part of a much bigger picture," 
she says. "I knew I couldn't just 
come to college to do course- 
work. And then, of course, 
there's the fact that I'm glad 
to be around to do this stutr." 

In her senior year ot high 
school, Van Vliet suffered severe 
head injuries in a car accident. 
She regained the ability to 
speak after months of rehabil- 
itation, but her memory re- 
mained impaired, even after 
she arrived at Brown. Although 
she tried to pretend that her 
memory was fine to avoid 
thinking of herself as someone 
who had a problem. Van Vliet 
quickly realized she would 
need help. A professor put her 
in contact with Robert Shaw, 
an associate dean who assists 
learning-disabled students. He 
helped Van Vliet document 
her disability so that she could 
ask her professors for special 
accommodations (such as extra 
time on tests) when needed. 

But, as Professor ot Engi- 
neering Clyde Briant quickly 
and emphatically points out, 
"Krystyn has achieved what 
she has achieved because she is 
a very bright woman who 
works very hard. She is not a 
disabled student. Her accident 
was m the past, and it's best to 
keep it in the past." 

VanVliet says initially she 
was hesitant to go public with 
something as private as her 
i i ident and rehabilitation, but 
"my parents reminded me 
when 1 was in the 
gave me so much comfort 
to hear from people who had 
been m similar situations." 

Inspirational though her 
story may be. Van Vliet empha- 
sizes that she's not a super- 
woman. "Certainly, I'm a real 
person," she says. "I get ex- 
hausted, drink too much cof- 
tee, and have a habit ot over- 
extending myself Although 
this constant motion can some- 
times worry my friends, for 
me it's when the action stops 
that I get worried. There's so 
much to do, and I don't want 
to miss out on it."- Torri Still 

The Art of 

It's not as easy as it looks 

lege professors. Unlike 
teachers in public high schools, 
they need no proof of train- 
ing or competency. It's no 
surprise, then, that the quality 
ot teaching at universities 
varies widely, or that many 
graduate students facing their 

Lee S. Shulman, president 
of the Carnegie Foundation 
for the Advancement of 
Teaching, speaks at the 
dedication of the Sheridan 

Below, Harriet Sheridan in 

first class find themselves 
wishing they were back buried 
in the library stacks. 

Ten years ago, Brown 
English professor and Dean of 
the College Harriet Sheridan 
decided to do something 
about this. Sheridan founded 
the Center tor the Advance- 


.nAxi Three hundred witches, 

clowns, and farmers, all 

pumped full of candy bars and hot chocolate, ran amok 
on Wriston Quad the night before Halloween last 
semester at the invitation of campus fraternities and 
sororities. The teachers and parents who accompanied 
the trick-or-treating kids deemed the event a cavity- 
inducing success, saying that for some of the children, 
it was their only chance to celebrate Halloween. 

OHN li IRAS 1 1 (3) 

ment of College Teaching in 
order to get graduate students 
and teaching tellows to think 
closely about their classroom 
approach. Under her leader- 
ship - Sheridan died in 1992 
- the center thrived, broaden- 
ing its scope to offer work- 
shops, publications, and train- 
ing programs that cover all 
phases of college and univer- 
sity teaching. Graduate stu- 
dents today can even earn a 
teaching certificate after 
attending a series of seminars 
and consultations, and the 
center provides faculty teach- 
ing fellows and various con- 
sultants able to observe classes 
and offer advice. 

To recognize Sheridan's 
vision, the center celebrated 
its tenth anniversary last Octo- 
ber by renaming itself The 
Harriet W. Sheridan Center tor 
Teaching and Learning. Sheri- 
dan, according to Rebecca 
More, the center's associate 
director, believed in "teaching 
artfully" rather than "mecha- 
nistically." In a memoir written 
for the rededication, Gregory 
Pingree, a graduate student 111 
English and a former fellow 
at the center, described Sheri- 
dan as "from the old school." 

"For Harriet," Pingree 
wrote, "to be truly educated 
was to seek to master the past, 
but also to honestly probe 
and assess the present: and to 
teach was to illuminate for 
others this vision of humanis- 
tic thinking, whatever the 
trouble it took." - Norman 


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Under the Elms 

Patient heal 

Exploring untraditional 


has come a long way. 
Some psychiatrists have begun 
prescribing an herb, Saint- 
John's-wort, for patients with 
mild depression. The Journal 
oj theAmerican Medical Associa- 
tion last fall reported that 
ginkgo-leaf extract - a sub- 
stance used for centuries by 
the Chinese to promote 

longevity - alleviates demen- 
tia, such as that caused by 
Alzheimer's disease. And health 
insurers now cover subscribers' 
visits to chiropractors. 

There's a good reason for 
this medical revolution, said 
three M.D.'s who spoke to 
twenty Brown medical students 
in late October as part of the 
student-organized forums of 
Primary Care Day. When 
administered judiciously and 
knowledgeably, the physicians 
said, such treatments can 
upgrade health-care providers' 
arsenals in the war against dis- 
ease and chronic illness. 

One ot the guest speakers. 
family-medicine specialist 
Cathleen Sloan Hood '79 of 
South Dartmouth, Massachu- 
setts, explained that her inter- 
est in alternative treatment 
grew out of her concern over 
the steroids used to manage 
her young son's severe asthma. 
By the time he was five. Hood 
explained,"! was getting fed 
up with constantly giving 

him prednisone [a steroid]. It 
seemed a very toxic way of 
handling his problem." 

A friend referred Hood to 
Jerry Kupperberg, a homeo- 
pathic physician in Foster, 
Rhode Island. Homeopaths 
treat ailments by administering 
dilute forms of aggravating 
substances that supposedly prod 
the body to heal itself. The 
approach - discredited for 
much of this century - dates 
back to the late 1700s and has 
enjoyed a minor renaissance 
during the past decade. Since 
Kupperberg treated Hood's 

son with phosphorous five 

years ago, the boy has 

needed prednisone only 

twice, and his 

V mother has 

broadened her 
family practice 
to incor- 
porate herbal 
medicine and other 
alternative therapies. 

Lisa Menard '00 M.D., 
who organized the alternative- 
care forum, observes that inter- 
est in alternative medicine 
among medical students has 
also grown over the last sev- 
eral years. "The topic is one 
we will have to be knowledge- 
able about as physicians," she 
notes, "since many patients 
use alternative medicine as a 
form ot treatment." 

While Brown's medical 
curriculum hews closely to 
traditional models of treat- 
ment, holistic concepts have 
been incorporated into a 
number of courses and semi- 
nars, says Associate Dean of 
Medicine Stephen Smith. "In 
my own course, Cost versus 
Care, I devote a week to alter- 
native medicine," he says. Stu- 
dents interested in learning 
techniques of manipulation can 
study with the several osteo- 
pathic physicians on the faculty. 
Smith says, and senior med- 
ical students can take a course 
on spirituality and medicine. 

The new medicine, said 

forum participant Alicia 
Landman-Reiner, a family 
physician in Northampton, 
Massachusetts, "is an effort to 
recraft our wisdom about the 
human body. I use a lot fewer 
drugs — maybe one-eighth 
as many antibiotics as I did in 
a standard medical setting." 

Hood adds, "The crux ot 
what we do is empowering 
patients to get better. "—Anne 


The Cigarette Diet 

Quitting smoking without 
gaining weight 

not to kick the cigarette 
habit seems like a no-brainer; 
the smoker has nothing to 
lose and everything to gain - 
including, alas, weight. Without 
nicotine, an appetite suppres- 
sant, most former smokers 
gain an average often pounds. 
Women in particular may cling 
to smoking to avoid weight 
gain, while others who quit 
later panic and resume smok- 
ing when the pounds pile on. 
Help may be on the way. 
Associate Professor of Psychi- 
atry and Human Behavior 
Bess Marcus and her colleagues 
at Miriam Hospital's Division 
of Behavioral Medicine re- 
cently completed Commit to 
Quit, the largest study ever 
to examine the relationship 
between exercise and smoking. 
"We were looking at women 
smokers," Marcus says of her 
project, which began in 1992. 
"We asked, What are the bar- 
riers to quitting?" Weight 
gain kept coming up. Marcus 
also knew that both men and 
women who gave up smoking 
tend to become depressed and 
anxious. "Exercise had already 
been shown to help all of these 
problems," she says. 

Using newspaper ads, 
the researchers recruited 281 
healthv. sedentary women 

smokers who wanted to quit. 
The women were randomly 
assigned by a computer to 
two groups. The control 
group received three health 
lectures per week, while the 
second group attended three 


Bess Marcus 

weekly sessions of supervised, 
vigorous exercise at the hos- 
pital. In addition, all the sub- 
jects attended group smoking 
cessation sessions. 

The results bore out Mar- 
cus's hypothesis: women who 
stayed with the exercise pro- 
gram were more likely to stay 
off cigarettes than were their 
peers in the control group. 
They also gained significantly 
less weight. At the end of the 
twelve-week program, those 
who exercised had gained an 
average of six pounds. The 
sedentary group gained twice 
as much. Even the women 
who weren't able to quit re- 
ceived health benefits from 
the exercise program. "Many 
of them cut down on how 
much they smoked as well," 
Marcus says. 

Before Marcus's study, no 
one was sure whether exer- 
cise could help women quit 
smoking and gain less weight. 
Now, the answer is clear, 
"c )ur study was done conser- 
vatively," Marcus says. "We 
can recommend to health pro- 
fessionals that they prescribe 
regular exercise as part of 
smoking-cessation programs." 
-Anne Diffily 



Man and 

Putting Deep Blue's win in 

When IBM super- 
computer Deep Blue 
defeated world chess cham- 
pion Garry Kasparov in a six- 
game match last May, media 
pundits and technofreaks 
prophesied doom: we have 
succeeded, they said, in creat- 
ing a machine smarter than 
we are. 

In October, Eliot Hearst, 
professor emeritus of psy- 
chology at Indiana University 
and a chess litemaster, came 
to Brown with a different eye- 
witness report. "Neither Kas- 
parov nor Deep Blue played 
at world-champion levels," 
the soft-spoken former cap- 
tain of the U.S. Olympic chess 
team told a packed room in 
Hunter Lab. "The match was 
at best inconclusive." 

For centuries scientists 
have been trying to build a 
machine that could grasp all 
the possible combinations 
ot the pieces on a chessboard. 
Early efforts, however, were 
exercises in disguise rather than 
artificial intelligence. When 
Napoleon squared off against 
a clanking mechanical con- 
traption early in the nineteenth 
century, the machine was just 
big enough to conceal a very 
small, but very good, human 
chess player. 

Hearst is confident no one 
was hiding inside the 1.4-ton 
Deep Blue, but he emphasizes 
that the machine's calcula- 
tions of 200 million positions 
per second and its memory 
incorporating the know-how 
of several grandmasters don't 
add up to a chess champion. 
"No computer can play per- 
fect chess," he said. "It's too 
complicated a game." 

The real story of Kasparov's 
defeat bad more to do with 

psychology and 
human physiology 
than technology, Hearst said. 
Since Kasparov's title wasn't at 
stake, he agreed to a grueling 
schedule: six games in nine 
days (compared to a maximum 
of three games per week in 
human contests). The machine's 
unexpectedly brilliant play in 
game two - which Hearst 
called "the best game of chess 
ever played by a computer" - 
so unsettled the fiercely com- 
petitive Kasparov that he 
botched the third game and 
resigned, for the tirst time in 
his career, in what turned out 
to be a winnable position. 

By the time he got to game 
six, Kasparov was exhausted. 
The final game — dubbed a 
"crushing massacre" and a 
"blood bath" by the press - 
ended with another Kasparov 
resignation that baffled afici- 
onados. "Kasparov made a play 
that he had to have known 
was bad," Hearst said. "He 
was so fatigued and upset, he 
just didn't care." 

Even if humans suffered a 
drubbing last spring at Big 
Blue's virtual hands, the match 
offered some valuable lessons, 
Hearst said: brute-force cal- 
culation is more important 
than chess experts previously 
believed, and IBM has made 
substantial progress in model- 
ing human intelligence. The 
next time a chess master 
matches wits with .1 machine, 
however, Hearst hopes the 

project will involve more 
science and less marketing. 
IBM's stock, he noted, soared 
to near-record levels after the 
match. So far. Big Blue has 
denied all requests for a Deep 
Blue rematch. - Chad Gaits 

The Morris Way 

A fortuer spin doctor speaks 



where everything you do 
has consequences," Dick 
Morris noted in his Novem- 
ber John Hazen White Lecture 
at the Salomon Center tor 
Teaching. It is a lesson Mor- 
ris, chief strategist for Presi- 
dent Clinton's 1996 reelection 
campaign, learned the hard 
way. When an extramarital 
affair landed him on the front 
page of the tabloids last year, 
he found himself ridiculed 
and out of a job. 

Rather than discussing the 
sordid details of his fall from 
grace, however, Morris used 
the affair and its press cover- 
age as a springboard for tack- 
ling a broader theme: the 
interplay between ethics and 
politics. "Ethics is a subject 
that's relatively new to me," 
Morris admitted sheepishly, 
to the applause and laughter 
of the audience. "I had always 
asked myself, 'Will something 
work?' and 'Will I make 
money?' But a third question 
to ask is, 'Can I accomplish 

the same objective by doing 
the right thing?' " Urging 
Clinton to oppose gay mar- 
riage, tor example, was a 
politically expedient tactic he 
now regrets employing. 

Ultimately, said Morris, 
whose address was co- 
sponsored by the Brown Col- 
lege Democrats, "it doesn't 
work to be a spin doctor. In 
an election, strategy is more 
important than tactics, and 
spinning is tactical. Elections 
are won by changing the sub- 
stance of the debate, for ex- 
ample by introducing the idea 
that welfare recipients should 
work." The strategy Morris 
developed for Clinton's re- 
election campaign was simple: 
Clinton would present a "pos- 
itive message," stretch his lead 
over Dole, and force Dole's 
team to run a negative ad. 
Clinton would then counter 
with a stinging rebuttal of his 
own. "The rebuttal ad works 
best," said the savvy Morris. 
"You blow up the other team's 

Resorting to negative ads 
was but one of the Dole 
team's mistakes, according to 
Morris. In the 1996 election, 
he claimed. Dole was ped- 
dling the politics ot polariza- 
tion, while Clinton recog- 
nized that America had 
entered an age of consensus. 
Americans all had certain 
objectives in common, such 
as eliminating the budget 
deficit and social inequality, 
and in 1996 they voted for 
the candidate (Clinton) who 
made those goals central to 
his campaign. 

Morris pointed out, 
though, that in trying to hold 
onto the middle ground, 
Clinton often has been in- 
effective. "His racial initiatives 
are baloney," Morris argued, 
"and he doesn't know what 
step to take next."The Pres- 
ident, you could almost say, 
has become trapped in his own 
spinning. - Torn Still 

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Under the Elms 

Olympic Mettle 

Veterans of the games come 

It WAS AN unusual Home- 
coming reunion. A half- 
century separated them - 
from rowing team old-timer 
John Welchli 'so, to soccer 
youngster Eli Abarbanel- 
Wolff 'oo - but when thirty- 
nine Brown Olympians 
gathered on campus in No- 
vember, the camaraderie was 
palpable. Expressing a senti- 
ment for all of them, Jennifer 
Corbet '87, a member of the 
U.S. women's crew team at 
Barcelona in 1992, asserted 
that competing in the Olym- 
pics "has given me a strength 
that I will carry with me for 
the rest of mv lite." 

an athlete. But (Coach)] 
Phoebe Murphy taught me 
I could push myself to new 

Like Corbet, Malcolm 
Baker '91 arrived at Brown a 
failed high school athlete. "I 
got here hoping just to find 
an intramural basketball team 
to play on," said the six-foot, 
six-inch Baker. As luck would 
have it, a crew coach spotted 
him in line at registration, 
and two years later he was 
rowing with the U.S. national 
team at the World Champi- 
onships. At Barcelona in 1992, 
he was a member of the U.S. 
eight that finished fourth. 

Former track star Susan 
Smith '93 found the road to 
the Olympics a bit rockier. 
Atter graduating from Brown, 
she suffered a debilitating 

Former Brown Olympians Martina Jerant '95 (Canadian basketball), 
Robert Gaudreau '66 (U.S. hockey), Malcolm Baker '91 (U.S. rowing), Nikki 
Dryden '98 (Canadian swimming), Jamie Koven '95 (U.S. rowing), and 
Jennifer Corbet '87 (U.S. rowing). 

Unlike many Olympians, 
who usually begin their cho- 
sen sport during childhood, 
Corbet was introduced to 
crew while at the University. 
"Prior to coming to Brown," 
she told more than 100 Brown 
students and alumni at an 
Andrews Hall forum,"! studi- 
ously avoided gym class for 
four years." But once on 
the Seekonk River, Corbet 
blossomed. "I quite seriously 
doubted I could ever become 

bone injury in her right toot 
that kept her oft the track 
for more than two years. Two 
surgeries later, she returned to 
training and eventually shaved 
a full three seconds oft her 
personal-best time in the 400- 
meter hurdles, qualifying to 
represent her native Ireland in 
the 1996 Summer Olympics. 
I here she smashed her own 
Irish record in the 400 hurdles 
for the sixth time that year, 
joining Smith at the 1996 

Summer Olympics were fellow 
Brunonians Martina Jerant 
'95 (Canadian women's basket- 
ball), Jamie Koven '95 (U.S. 
rowing), Jim Pedro '94 (U.S. 
judo) and Porter Collins '97 
(U.S. rowing). "It was very 
special to be at such a huge 
event, with some of the world's 
greatest athletes," said Jerant. 
"And to see others that I knew 
and went to school with 
made it all that much better." 
- Richard P. Morin 


Making computers make 

They might have been 
slow, but unlike computers, 
they rarely suffered compati- 
bility problems. In November 
a consortium of programmers 
and scholars who have, in 
effect, been trying to build a 
better typewriter gathered at 
Brown to discuss the obstacles 
to developing a universal com- 
puter language. 

The weekend's keynote 
speaker, Professor of Computer 
Science Andries van Dam, 
gave what he called the "old 
fart speech" on a slushy Friday 
afternoon. "I get to talk about 
what it was like many, many 
decades ago," he deadpanned 
to the gathering. "Three, to 
be exact." 

When van Dam got his 
Ph.D. in 1963, technology's 
cutting edge was microfilm; 
his dissertation was on nano- 
fiche. At the time, he said, he 
"still thought we would never 
be able to store all of human 
knowledge on anything but 
microfilm." By 1967, he'd 
changed his mind and designed 
the first interactive, real-time 
word-processing program 
designed specifically for use 
by humanities scholars. Uni- 

versity administrators, van 
Dam said, "were by no means 
sure that humanities students 
should be tying up valuable 
computer time. 'Let them use 
typewriters,' they told me." 

Andries van Dam 

Van Dam's bold experi- 
ment opened the door for 
other computer scientists and 
textual scholars around the 
world. They began building 
their own systems, each insti- 
tution customizing its own 
to suit its particular needs 
and resources. Soon it became 
apparent, however, that the 
work's success depended on 
the ability to share results with 
other systems. At a 1987 meet- 
ing in Poughkeepsie, New 
York, scholars combined their 
efforts to form the Text En- 
coding Initiative (TEI), an 
organization for creating stan- 
dards for the computer en- 
coding of text. Since then, the 
group has produced a thick 
volume of standards intended 
to create a common base for 
building compatible text-based 
systems. Somewhat closer to 
home for even the most ama- 
teur Internet surfers is the 
group's success in helping 
create hypertext markup lan- 
guage or HTML, the primary 
encoding standard for the 
World Wide Web. 

Van Dam warned the 
gathering against the compla- 
cency that can come with 
success. Though computers 
"are still literal-minded repos- 
itories of information," he 
said, there are plenty of fron- 
tiers left. - Chad Gaits 




Sink or 

Water polo's got it all. 


I ead Coach Erik Farrar 
JL JL '85 has been telling me 
that "water polo is a marvelous 
spectator sport." You've got every- 
thing, he says: "strength, speed, and 
brutal physical contact." Brown's 
team also has eighteen Ivy titles to 
its credit. Year after year, water 
polo is one of the University's 
most successful men's teams, yet 
it's run on a shoestring out of Far- 
rar's home. On this wintry, late- 
October Saturday, I'm going to 
see this swimming paradox tor 

Today is the opening ot the all-impor- 
tant Northern Championships - the top 
four teams will go from here to the East- 
erns - but Farrar is nowhere in sight, and 
no one seems entirely certain when 
Brown's first game, against Harvard, will 
take place. Luckily, I run into a Brown 
parent, who tells me to be at the Smith 
Swim Center at noon. Next stop: the 
sports information office, where a dusty 
binder lists this year's roster. The players all 
have numbers, and I'm hoping these will 
be somehow visible (on bathing caps? 
suits? tattooed on chests?), so I can zero in 
on the 1996 Ivy League Player of the Year, 
Kevin O'Sullivan '99, whom Farrar has 
characterized to me as "a great shooter 
and fast as hell." 

At the Swim Center, only a scattering 
of chlorine-scented fans are waiting in 
the poolside stands, even though the 
Bears are 16-5 going into the game. 
Where are all the sports junkies? Haven't 
they heard that this year's Brown squad 
has twice beaten nationally ranked Uni- 
versity of Massachusetts, the reigning 
Eastern champs? Don't they realize these 
guys are about to play Harvard, the very 
team Brown sank for the Ivy title in each 
of the past two seasons? 

I join the thin crowd and scan the 

pool. It turns out that the players do have 
bathing caps of a sort, with identifying 
numbers. The caps tie together under 
chin, making even these beefy six-footers 
look a little sheepish. When the whistle 
sounds, however, these sheep change into 
wolves - or maybe killer whales. Fresh- 
man Tyler Korte, who's listed at 210 
pounds, churns down the right side ot the 
pool and rears out of the water, holding 
the ball menacingly aloft. A flick of the 
wrist, and it's past the goalie and into the 
Harvard net. 

In seconds, the Crimson have struck 
back with an outside shot that whistles 
beyond Brown goalie Doug Jetton '99. 
Jetton soon redeems himself by getting a 
lett hand and then a forearm on shots that 
look like certain goals, but I'm getting 
worried. Harvard keeps forming attacks 
that end in glancing shots skimmed off 
the water, while the Bears seem disorga- 
nized, shooting only from far outside and 
unable to get the ball under the crossbar. 


m /%/ itching water polo takes some 
▼ T getting used to. The refs wear 
country-club white, reminiscent of terres- 
trial polo, but this sport seems more like 

basketball. Instead of hoops and black- 
boards, the goals are rectangular and float- 
ing, but the pace and energy are the same. 
Passes and shots are one-handed Harlem 
Globetrotter affairs, and there are pool- 
length fast breaks, the offense swimming a 
mean crawl while the defense backstrokes 
to block the passing lanes. Much of the 
game is man-to-man, though, like a city 
pickup game. Defenders scratch and climb 
over ball carriers, almost sinking them, 
and although whistles are constantly 
shrilling, I can't quite see where the 
jostling ends and the fouling begins. 

My attention snaps back to the game 
when Craig Foisie '98, the only player 
heavier than Korte, powers a goal in from 
point-blank range. But look out: Harvard 
conies foaming back up the pool again 
and again, until by the end of the second 
quarter the score is 2-2. According to 
Main' Korte, Tyler's dad, who's here from 
St. Louis, "Harvard's playing great so tar, 
and we're just not in synch." Harvard par- 
ent Jon Bar-Ziv ot Tel-Aviv, Israel, leans 
over to me with a mischievous smile. 
"Brown." he says in carefully lowered 
tones, "they're making foolish mistakes." 

As the third quarter begins, I'm trou- 
bled less by Brown mistakes than by the 
invisibility of Kevin O'Sullivan. He's 

I A \ I A R V I I UK I A IM ] ') c; 8 

Coach Farrar discusses strategy with his team 
during a timeout. Back in the water, the team 
executes, narrowly defeating Harvard before 
a mere handful of spectators. 

barely touched the ball. Harvard picks up 
where it left off in the second quarter, 
jumping ahead to a 3—2 lead. Then late in 
the third quarter, momentum, that elusive 
and fickJe presence, begins to shift. Brown 
goes to Foisie, its big guy, right in front of 
the goal. Foisie treads water, looking for 
the open man. "That's our whole strat- 
egy," Korte confides to me, "to get the 
ball into the middle and pull the defense 
in there so a man can get free." Korte's 
right. Foisie creates exactly this situation 
and throws the ball out to Jamie Litten 
'01, who ties the game with a long out- 
side shot. 

On it goes. With about four minutes 
left to play. Brown wrestles the game 
definitively away from its opponent. 
Foisie scores from the inside to put the 
Bears ahead. Then John Bowlus '00 
receives a pass and tallies from the left 
corner like a waterlogged Bill Bradley. 
Later, O'Sullivan finally gets into the 
swim of things. Finding a loose ball out in 

front of the goal, he slams it home for a 
6-3 lead that gives the Bears all the mar- 
gin they need. 

The final score is 7—5. As expected. 
Brown moves into the tournament's sec- 
ond round and, ultimately, on to the East- 
ern Championships. When I pass Coach 
Farrar a few minutes after the game, I can 
tell from his face that he'd been sweating 
this one out. "Great spectator sport," I tell 
him. "You were right." 

Farrar tucks a clipboard under his 
arm, wipes his brow, and heads down the 
hall toward the locker room. "It was a 
good one," he calls back. "But that's just 
the kind of excitement we don't need." 

Postscript: In mid-November, Brown finished 
third at the Eastern Championships in 
Annapolis, Maryland. 

Rivals: An 
Informal Survey 

/// sports, Harvard is to Yale as 
Brown is to whom?? 


1 I arvard, ot course, hates Yale. 
JL JL Cornel] would rather thrash 
Penn than anyone. And Amherst and 
Williams have been at it like dogs and cats 
for a century. But ever since Brown and 
Pembroke began squaring off against rival 
colleges, alumni, players, and coaches have 
been scratching their heads about which 
Ivy team is the enemy among enemies. 

"Normally, a school's football 
schedule can be a tip-off to its 
biggest rivals," says Malcolm 
Moran, who covers college sports 
for the New York Times. "But if 
you look at Brown's last two 
games of the year, usually Dart- 
mouth, I think, and Columbia, 
you don't find too much deep- 
seated animosity there." 
JL If scheduling holds no clues 

to Brown's ultimate foe, what 
does? Are bitter rivalries built out 
ot years ot playing the same 
schools - no matter what the 
outcome - or out of a string of 
recent close games between 
teams of similar talents? For a 
soccer game to be seen as the bat- 
tle of Armageddon, must the Bears be up 
against the very same school that spells 
all-out war in football? 

Leyla Goldsmith '98, women's volley- 
ball co-captain, seems puzzled by the 
speculation. "Arch-rival?" she asks. 
"Nowadays, it sort of varies from sport to 
sport. I'd be tempted to say Harvard, but if 
they didn't have a good volleyball team 
this year, I'm not sure we'd care as much as 
we do." On the other hand, Jackie Court, 
the coach ot women's gymnastics since 
1969, believes that her teams focus on Yale 
more than on any other rival. "There's 
always some extra tension, whether we're 
in New Haven or Providence," she says, 
"and I guess that's because they've won 
the Ivy Championship so many times." 
Pausing a second, she quickly adds: "But 
it's a friendly animosity." 

John Eng-Wong '62, the University's 
director of foreign students, faculty, and 
staff services and a longtime sports afi- 
cionado, agrees. He remembers that in his 
student days good Harvard and Yale teams 
made Brown tans jealous more often than 
mad. "It wasn't blood hatred," he recalls. 
"Archenemies come from prehistoric 
memories. They're embedded in your 
neurons. Brown versus Harvard has never 
felt like that." Donald Carswell (Harvard 
'so), the former chief hockey negotiator 
for NBC sports, says that playing Brown 
never generated much feeling in Cam- 
bridge. Carswell remembers the sense that 
"Brown thought it was as good as Har- 
vard, and if they could beat us, that might 
prove it." To Crimson fans, he bluntly 
continues, "It was a David-and-Goliath 
situation. Harvard and Yale always looked 
at Brown as the kid with the slingshot." 

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further back. Way back. H. Cushman 
"Gus" Anthony '26 remembers that 
"Dartmouth was the really big football 
game back then," dashing cold water on 
Malcolm Moran's assessment of this par- 
ticular matchup. "I'm not sure why," he 
adds. "It was just a pulse you got." 

Later alumni got the pulse at the 
annual football game against Colgate. The 
late BAM Associate Editor Jay Barry '50, 
coauthor of .-4 Tale of Two Centuries: A 
Warm and Richly Pictorial History of Brown 
University, 1764-igS}, would often talk 
about growing up in Warren, Rhode 
Island, in the 1930s and 1940s and antici- 
pating the "ultimate football game" 
against Colgate on Thanksgiving morn- 
ing. "You'd be good and cold from hang- 
ing on every play," Barry once told 
Robert Rhodes, former editor of the 
Brown Alumni Monthly. "And then you'd 
go in by the tire and have an enormous 
turkey dinner. We would rehash the big 
plays over and over if the Bears had won. 
That, I always thought, was heaven." 

New Football Coach 

After four years and a 23-13 record, Mark 
Whipple '79 resigned as head football 
coach after the 1997 season. Known for 
his aggressive "Whip-Lash" offense, 
Whipple leaves behind a Brown record 
book almost entirely rewritten by his 
players. In 1997 alone, the Bears set Ivy 
League and Brown records for total 
offense, averaging 474 yards a game, while 
wide receiver Sean Morey '99, averaging 
143 yards a game, led the country in 
receiving and was named Ivy League 
Player of the Year. 

Whipple will be replaced by Phil 
Estes, who worked closely with Morey 
last season as receivers coach. He was run- 
ning back coach for three years before 
that and has been Brown's recruiting 
coordinator since arriving at the Univer- 
sity in 1994. "My job," Estes said in a press 
release, "is to take the Brown football 
team to the next level - the Ivy League 
Championship." c^> 


(as of December 2) 

Men's Cross Country 


Field Hockey 


After capturing the New England 
Championship, the harriers finished a 
disappointing fourth at the Heptagonals 
in New York City. 

Women's Cross Country 2-0 

Junior Meghan Moriarty and senior 
Emily Grossman earned second-team 
All Ivy honors as Brown finished in 
fifth place at the Heptagonals. 

Kate Sullivan 'y8 was a bright spot for 
the Bears, trying the Brown record for 
goals in a season with her twelfth in the 
team's 2-0 win over Holy Cross in 

Women's Tennis 




Thanks to the record-shattering offense 
of receiver Sean Morey '99 and quarter- 
back James Perry '00, the Bears followed 
up losses to Harvard and Dartmouth 
with a 42-11 drubbing of Columbia. 

Saranga Sangakkara '99 notched perhaps 
the biggest win in the history of Brown 
women's tennis by upsetting the nations 
seventh-ranked player at the Rolex ITA 
Eastern Women's Championship. 

Volleyball 14-17 

Men's Soccer 


The team's only senior, Leyla Gold- 
smith, became Brown's all-time career 
kill leader and then swatted kill number 
1,000 versus Yale. 

After a mediocre early season, the Bears 
ran otTan eight-game unbeaten streak 
that culminated in an overtime win over 
Dartmouth for the Ivy title. Brown 
advanced to the NCAAs, where it was 
stopped by St. John's. 

Water Polo 


Another stellar season: an Ivy title and .1 
fourth-place finish in the ECAC Cham- 


Women's Soccer 


Senior co-captain Amy Broadhead's 
chip shot over a charging goaltender led 
to a dramatic 1-0 win over Providence 
College in November. 

The team closed only its second season 
by winning its first competition ever on 
November X. Brown finished the year 
ranked third in the region, behind 
Stonehill College and the University ot 

2 2 • J AN UAm II B RUAR1 I ')<) 8 




A postal carrier who 
delivers more than mail. 

It is 2:30 on a stifling July afternoon. 
Only twelve blocks to go. With one 
foot in the truck and one on the side- 
walk, I balance a foot-high pile of maga- 
zines on the back of my forearm, wedge 
two stacks of letters into my left hand, and 
jam a twenty-pound package into the 
folds of a blue mail bag. I swing the bag 
over my right shoulder and glance down 
the block. Two dogs are out, Mr. Putnam 
is mowing his lawn, and Mrs. Steines's 
kids are playing in the street. Looks like 
a typical day on the route. 

For the past three summers I've deliv- 
ered mail in Dubuque, Iowa, 52001. My 
father has worked as a post-office clerk in 
Dubuque for more than nineteen years, 
so when I first took the job of "casual 
employee" - a federally funded work- 
study job for college students - I thought 
I knew what to expect. But I didn't know 
how tired I'd be after eight hours of 
walking up and down stairs while hauling 
everything from Sears catalogs to tele- 
phone bills. I didn't realize how lost I 
could get in my own hometown, or how 
people set their clocks by the arrival of 
their mail carriers. 

"You're late!" one man declared as I 
approached his house. 

"Sorry, sir," I mumbled, handing over 
a stack of letters. "What time does your 
regular carrier usually come?" 

"She's here and gone by 2:20," he 
muttered before slamming the door. I 
checked my watch. It was 2:35. 

Despite my slowness at the beginning 
of the summer, the other mail carriers - 
Dubuque has about sixty-five - wel- 
comed me. Many of them were not what 
you'd expect. Although a few guys would 
ask me where the pictures were when 
they saw me tackling Anna Karenina on a 


break, many carriers also read in their 
mail trucks during lunch. There was a 
poetry club that met weekly, and once, as 
I returned to the office, I overheard one 
carrier ask another, "How many syllables 
are in a haiku? It's been driving me nuts 
all day." 

By the time I returned for my third 
summer at the post office, I thought 
I'd learned all there was about the job. 
Wrong. As I raised my head from my 
burden of mail and really looked at the 
people on my routes, I realized there's 
more to being a postal carrier than get- 
ting to a mailbox on time. One day, as I 
delivered mail to the last few blocks of 
a new route, I approached a small house 
with pink roses growing around the front 
porch. I greeted the elderly woman sitting 
there and handed over a bank statement. 
She looked at it closely, reading the two 
names on the envelope out loud. "Yes, 
that's me, " she said slowly. "J-u-lie, that's 
my daughter. Julie works at a bank. I have 
four daughters, all moved away. Julie's the 
second; she works at a bank." Her voice 
trailed off. 

"Pretty hot out, isn't it?" I asked. 
"Hot? Yes, hot, my poor roses, my 
mother's roses, not as pretty in the heat." 
she replied. We talked a few minutes 
more before I began to inch awav "Wait, 

dear," she said. "Thank you for talking to 
me. It gets so lonely. Here, take some roses 
home with you." 

Other carriers have told me similar 
stories. Some have known their customers 
for decades. "Tell Jerry I said hi," a carrier 
would instruct me before I started out in 
the morning; or "Take the mail inside for 
Mr. Gordon; he's got a broken leg." 
Although we were always pressured to 
finish the route quickly, we were also 
encouraged to keep an eye on the neigh- 
borhood. Carriers watch out for children, 
make sure strangers aren't lurking about, 
and worry when mail isn't collected for 
an extended period. Delivering mail is a 
carrier's first priority, but the job requires 
much more. 

In Dubuque friends praise me for lay- 
ing the groundwork tor a postal career. 
Yet some people at Brown scoff at such a 
prospect, calling it a waste of an education. 
Even though I hope to work in a field 
related to my biology concentration, I con- 
sider my experience at the post office in- 
valuable. Postal workers make a visible con- 
tribution to society and have every right 
to take pride in their work. I would never 
be ashamed to rejoin their ranks. c\^> 

During the academic year, Suzanne Clark 
delivers mail joy the Brown News Bureau. 


In Class 

On the first day of her small 
seminar on aging, Associ- 
ate Professor Ann Dill asks students 
why they're in her class. Many pro- 
fessors assume that their commit- 
ment to the material is proof 
enough of its usefulness, but Dill 
likes to give her course a personal 
touch. She has taught Sociology 
141. Aging and the Quality of Life, 
enough times to know that her question 
will open a vein: even nineteen- and 
twenty-year-olds are afraid of getting old. 
"The first day of class was like a sup- 
port group," says Sarah Babineau '98, a 
math concentrator from southern New 
Hampshire. "It was like, 'Hi, my name's 
Sarah, and I'm afraid of aging.'" The ex- 
ercise brings to the surface the dominant 
cultural assumptions about growing old. 
If we are to believe what we see in televi- 
sion ads, for example, the aging process will 
eventually transform healthy. Mountain 
Dew-guzzling snowboarders into putter- 
nig retirees who split their tune between 
dabbling at hobbies and choosing the 
right dietary supplement. 1 )ill designed the 
course to give her students, most of 
whom are premed, a more sophisticated 
understanding of aging. 1 )espite inevitable 

Old people are usually depicted as either feeble other type of patient, and now is 

, . , . , . .- ,,., , the time to understand their 

ana sick or wise ana infallible. 

This course tries to get beyond the cliches. 


declines in health, she teaches, old people 
aren't always sick people. Their catalogs of 
memory and experience should afford 
them special status, not dreary cubicles in 
forlorn nursing homes. 

Dill's class combines a heavy reading 
load with on-site interviews at a local 
nursing home. Students read from such 
works as The Fountain of Age, by Betty 
Friedan, and Worlds of Difference: Inequality 
in the Aging Experience, an anthology that 
analyzes the literary, sociological, economic, 
and scientific facets of growing old. With 
their minds spinning with fresh ideas. 
Dill's students leave the classroom for the 
nursing home, where they interview resi- 
dents about the quality of their lives. 
Often these interviews lead to regular, 
voluntary visits. When they finally be- 
come doctors. I )ill savs, the students will 
likely sec more older people than any 

humanity and depth. "Professor 
Dill likes to have empirical ex- 
perience mixed with the material 
of the course," says Bart Kenney 
'99, a premed sociology concentra- 
tor from Baltimore. Even for stu- 
dents who will not go into the 
medical profession. Dill adds, the subject 
is worth taking up. Old age isn't exactly 
an exclusive club: birthdays happen. 


itting around a conference table 111 
a quiet room on a lower level of 
the Rockefeller Library, Dill and her eight 
students speak with disarming familiarity: 
even though it's midsemester. the class 
hasn't lost its group-therapy feel. The 
week's reading is from Friedan. "She says 
we're too focused on the medical model - 
looking for diseases, then finding the cures 
for these diseases." Dill says. Dill wants to 
raise a question in her students' minds: 
Older people spend more time in hospi- 
tals and are more frequently subjected to 
complicated, sometimes traumatic proce- 
dures. [ low should this affect their care? 

24 • [AM AIM II I'. K l A IM I ') ') N 

"Well," she asks, "what do you think?" 

Dill rarely lectures. She prefers to 
blend her voice with those of her stu- 
dents, guiding them into the readings but 
not forcing the discussion along an inflex- 
ible path. It works. Soon her students are 
volleying ideas back and forth across the 
table. Maintaining the quality of everyday 
life should come first, one of them sug- 
gests; getting old is not a disease. Another 
student offers that "the health-care sys- 
tem," not physicians, is at fault for the 
shabby treatment of the elderly: a one- 

the functional health of older people. Stu- 
dents spent the semester investigating 
which health issues are most problematic 
for this age group, evaluating the best 
methods of caring for them, and assessing 
the efficiency of nursing homes. "I was 
encouraged to make it more of an over- 
view of the field," Dill says. 

Early on she kept the course close to 
its technical origins, but over time it has 
drifted into what she calls, for lack of a 
better word, more "humanistic" territory. 
"I'm sometimes concerned that I'm not 

Ann Dill's great-aunt, who in her mid-nineties 
still smokes, drinks, and manages a cattle ranch, 
had a major impact on Dill's scholarship. 

size-tits-all approach won't work. 

Victoria Brooks '98 joins the discus- 
sion. "When my father was in the hospital 
with cancer last year," she says, "my mom 
was reading up on all these new treat- 
ments and bringing stuff in for the doctor 
to look at." The class becomes quiet. They 
know Brooks's father died in March; she 
has talked about it in class before in the 
same calm, earnest voice. "The doctor 
would just sort of roll his eyes - you 
could tell he was thinking, 'Who are you 
to be telling me this stuff?" " 

After a short pause Dill speaks softly. 
"There's no question we need to be more 
aggressive consumers of health care, but 
we need to talk about alternatives. It we 
stick to the disease model of health care, 
what's being left out?" Her voice is sin- 
cere and concerned, but the professor in 
Dill is trying to steer the discussion back 
to the readings. She continues; "Nursing 
homes are too often thought of as places 
where people go to die. If there's too 
much emphasis on diagnosis - on seeing old 
people as sick people — then there's not 
enough emphasis on prevention. 

"You were nodding," she says to 
another student. "What part of that do you 
agree with?" 

Dill, who came to Brown in 1988, 
inherited Aging and the Quality 
of Life from the Department of Commu- 
nity Health. In its previous incarnation, 
Dill says, the course was primarily con- 
cerned with quantifying and measuring 

giving students enough of the bench sci- 
ence of gerontology," she admits. "But 
much of the material in this course calls 
for you to connect with it on a personal 
level." She adds that her own professional 
interest has shitted: "I am becoming more 
concerned with the actual lived experi- 
ences of older people." 

This interest, Dill says, started at home. 
The woman for whom she was named - a 
great-aunt who, now in her mid-nineties, 
still smokes, drinks, and manages a 2 so- 
head cattle ranch in Missouri - is but one 
of the many older relatives who have had 
a major impact on Dill's view of getting 
old. In a population-studies course she 
took in graduate school at Columbia, Dill 
was told to interview someone from 
another culture about her childbearing 
experience. "My great-aunt spent her 
childbearing years in the Midwest around 
the turn of the century," Dill explains. 
"Back then, you didn't admit your preg- 
nancy. You still had to engage in all the 
activities of farming." The interviews 
yielded more than just good data on what 
it's like to bear children, however. "I real- 
ized how much she could teach me about 
our heritage," Dill says. "She was one of 
these sharp-as-a-tack people." 

1 )ill followed her interest in aging 
throughout graduate school, eventually 
writing a dissertation on a program that 
"provided home care to so-called frail 
elderly people." she says. When she came to 
Brown, her work in organizational studies 
and in the sociology of aging caught 
the attention of Mary Hazeltine (who is 
married to engineering professor Barrett 

Hazeltine). Mary was so impressed with 
Dill's approach she asked her to join the 
board of Tockwotton, a Providence nurs- 
ing home."Tockwotton was established in 
1856," Dill explains, "by a group of Baptist 
women who were concerned about the 
lack of options available to aged women 
who had accrued some resources." As a 
result, for much of its history Tockwotton 
maintained strict admission requirements 
and remained a home for "genteel ladies" 
of at least modest means. Not anymore. 
Dill, who is now president of Tockwot- 
ton's board, helped see to it that the sixty- 
six-bed facility increased its number of 
assisted-living units. She is now trying to 
raise money to enable Tockwotton to 
serve residents with a wider range of 
incomes. The home now also admits men. 
Dill's students probably won't conquer 
their fear of aging by semester's end, but 
she hopes the course will help them 
become more aware of issues they are a 
few years away from having to face them- 
selves. "I view the course as a kind of 
inoculation," she says. "It won't take much 
to expose them to the downsides of 
aging. Absent a course like this, they 
might not be exposed to the gifts older 
people possess. Older people have social 
worth to their families and to their com- 
munities - there are many possibilities for 
ongoing, creative growth." c^> 


For further reading: 

How Old Arc Yen?: Age Consciousness 
in American Culture by (Brown Profes- 
sor of History) Howard P. ChudacotT 
(Princeton University Press, 1989) 

The Fountain of Age by Betty Friedan 
(Simon & Schuster, 1993) 

Number Out Days by Barbara MyerhotT 
(Dutton, 1978) 

Yon 're Only Old Once! by Dr. Seuss 
(Random House, 1986) 

World of Difference: Inequality in the 
Aging Experience by Eleanor Palo 
Stoller and Rose Campbell Gibson 
(Pine Forge Press, 1997) 

City of Green Benches: (Ironing Old in 
a New Downtown by Maria D.Vesperi; 
photographs by Ricardo Ferro (Cor- 
nell University Press, [985) 


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Duel of the Decade 

Mutual Contempt: Lyndon Johnson, Robert 
Kennedy, and the Fend Tltat Defined a Decade 
by Jeff Shesol '91 (W.W. Norton, syi 

pages, $32.: so). 

By Stephen Fox '71 Ph.D. 

Our political stories seldom reach 
the level ot great tragedy because 
the players - especially in recent decades 
- have seemed too small. Richard Nixon 
or Jimmy Carter as tragic heroes? Their 
troubles and ultimate defeats assumed no 
truly tragic dimensions because the men 
themselves had no compensating great- 
ness, no grandeur of character or inten- 
tion to make their ambitions more than 
those of any political hack. Even the 
major crises of their presidencies seem 
diminished by the petty operatives, the 
Ron Zieglers and Hamilton Jordans, flit- 
ting through the Oval Office at the time. 
But in Lyndon Johnson and Robert 
Kennedy, and the tumultuous issues and 
choices of the 1960s, we have the stuff 
of real tragedy. Reading this book is like 
re-reading a familiar murderous classic 
of Greek or Shakespearean drama. We 
already know the final outcome, in the 

startling and terrible events of the spring 
of 1968, but a malign curiosity pulls us 
on. In the background, at recurrent twists 
of the plot, the question of whether the 
story could somehow have turned out 
differently still dangles. It becomes a grave 
meditation on the role of personality in 

Mutual Contempt marks an impressive 
literary debut by Jeff Shesol '91, best 
known heretofore as the creator of the 
Gen-X comic strip Thatch. The book 
began as a Brown senior thesis supervised 
by James T Patterson of the history de- 
partment. In the years since, Shesol has 
made full use ot the vast collections of 
tapes, papers, and oral histories at the 
Kennedy and Johnson presidential librar- 
ies. Doing justice to this legwork, Shesol 
has written his book with a deft sense of 
pacing and story and (for the most part) a 
precise, economical sense of language. On 
occasion Shesol, perhaps transported by 
the largeness of his themes and players, 
slides into overstatement. Bobby Ken- 
nedy's Justice Department did not really 
harbor "the sharpest lawyers of his gener- 
ation" (the Republicans, after all, had 
some sharp lawyers too), and even Daniel 
Patrick Moynihan would probably not 

For three years Jeff Shesol divided seven-day workweeks 
between Mutual Contempt and Thatch, his nationally syndi- 
cated political comic strip. "I had one looming deadline for the 
book and two a week for the strip," says the former Rhodes 
scholar. "I think I was energized by having these two kinds of 
discrete jobs. Being at that constant level of creative output 
was good for everything I did." Apparently so. The twenty-eight-year-old's book, 
which started as a senior thesis under the direction of Professor of History James 
Patterson, has received glowing reviews in the New York Times, the Washington 
Post, The New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. While thankful for the praise, 
Shesol is quick to acknowledge the importance of Patterson's input. "When he saw 
the proposal in 1990," Shesol says, "I think he was a little wary - everybody wants 
to write about the Kennedys." Once the project was under way, however, Patterson 
"went above and beyond the call of duty for a thesis adviser." - Chad Gaits 


describe himself as "unerringly brilliant." 
But these are minor flaws of enthusiasm 
in a bravura performance. 

Picking his way though a historio- 
graphic field littered with the work of 
partisans and court historians, Shesol is 
remarkably balanced and fair to both pro- 
tagonists. Perhaps too fair: the author pre- 
sents Johnson and Kennedy as essentially 
good men, with similar idealisms and 
sympathies for the disadvantaged, who 
were undone by their private vendetta. 
Shesol thus does not fully appreciate the 
selfish, darker strains in both figures. In 
explaining Bobby's background and per- 
sonality, for example, Shesol gives insuffi- 
cient attention to his father, old Joe, the 
most sinister (and interesting) of all the 
Kennedys. Joseph P. Kennedy relentlessly 
masterminded the careers of all his kids. 
Of the three surviving sons, Bobby most 
resembled the old man in his instincts and 

Joe Kennedy does appear in this book, 
but his role is reduced. Shesol notes that 
Johnson, as Senate majority leader in 
1957, gave John Kennedy the coveted seat 
he wanted on the Foreign Relations 
Committee. Shesol does not mention 
that, according to Johnson's later recollec- 
tion, he did so because of the irresistible 
lobbying and promised favors of Joe 
Kennedy. (On this point, see Doris Kearns 
Goodwin's book The Fitzgeralds and the 
Kennedys, an important source - based on 
exclusive access to the papers of Joe and 
Rose Kennedy - that escaped Shesol's 
otherwise exhaustive research.) 

Some of Mutual Contempt's most vivid 
passages are drawn from recently released 
audiotapes of Oval Office conversations 
and phone calls. Contemporary historians 
often lament the demise of letter-writing 
as a reduction of the available historical 
record. To some extent, these secret White 
House tapes may compensate tor missing 


private letters. A confidential letter, 
though, has the singular advantage of can- 
dor and intimacy on both sides of the 
exchange. For the White House tapes, 
usually only the president and his inner 
circle knew of the recording while others 
in the room, or on the phone, did not. 
The result is an unbalanced intimacy in 
which the president, knowing he is 
speaking tor the ages, fashions his remarks 
accordingly, while all others think they 
are speaking in private. In a telling aside, 
Shesol notes that Bobby, at a White 
House meeting in the summer of 1964, 
saw that a speakerphone was set to record 
the occasion — and therefore did not 
speak candidly. In general, the tapes 
quoted by Shesol provide a bracing 
immediacy and drama but do not alter 
our essential sense ot what happened. 

The whole story has never before 
been told so well, in such detail, and with 
such authority. To understand the tangled 
relations of LBJ and RFK, Shesol empha- 
sizes their immense differences in person- 
ality and background, and then details 
the issues — especially the wars on Viet- 
nam and poverty — that came to divide 
them. To these factors I would add the 
cumulative effect of events themselves: in 
i960, Johnson insulting Joe Kennedy as 
a Hitler-appeaser, and then Bobby trying 
to deny Johnson the vice-presidential 
nomination after it had been offered to 
him; in the Kennedy White House, the 
eclipse of LBJ and the rise of RFK to the 
right hand of the president; the mutual 
recriminations of November 1963, fol- 
lowed by sudden reversals of fortune for 
both men, and then the grim plots and 
muttering suspicions of the remaining 
four years. Events pile up. closing some 
doors while opening others, and take on 
their own inexorable momentum. 

Ultimately the 1960s would probably 
not have happened any differently in 
broad outline had Johnson and Kennedy 
not loathed each other. Kennedy doubted 
the war in part because it was Johnson's 
war, and LBJ resisted his Vietnam critics in 
part because Bobby was one of them - 
but both men already had fully adequate 
reasons for those actions. The events of 
the era consumed all its personalities, even 
the largest. Our lasting sense of Johnson 
and Kennedy is of two monumental yet 
touchy egos, bouncing around and collid- 
ing randomly in a cosmic pinball game, 
and finally defeated by their tragic times. 

Stephen Fox is the author most manly of 
Blood and Power: Organized Crime in 
[wentieth-( lentury America. 


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vis iimiiii ri 

The Melting Pot 

Black Dog of Fate: A Memoir by Peter Bal- 
akian '80 Ph.D. (Basic Books, 289 pages, 


By Barbara Bejoian '84 A.M. 

A horrible secret lurked at the edges 
of Peter Balakian's placid and 
privileged childhood in 1950s New Jersey. 
Measuring time by the crack of Yankees' 
bats, the crisp shouts of football games, 
and the sleepy whir of lawnmowers in 
suburban Tenafly, Balakian gave little 
thought to his family's Armenian origins. 
He had no idea that his maternal grand- 
mother, Nafina Aroosian, had survived 
one of the most brutal massacres of the 
century. Grandmother Aroosian wasn't 
one for reminiscing. She would bake 
sweet Armenian shortbread, called choereg, 
and entertain her grandson with parables. 

Once upon a time, began one of 
Grandmother Aroosian s tales, two women 
made offerings to the goddess of fate. 
One brought a young lamb stuffed with 
pomegranates, almonds, apricots, and pilaf; 
its eyes were set with rubies. The other 
brought a dead black dog with a wormy 
apple in its mouth. The goddess rejected 
the lamb and accepted the dog. "The dog 
represented hope and mystery," Balakian's 
grandmother told him. "The dog tells us 
that appearances are deceiving. The world 
is not what you think." 

In Black Dog of Fate, Balakian shows 
he has much in common with the god- 
dess of fate. The family history he uncov- 
ers in this memoir is disturbing, but he 
chooses to face and embrace the truth 
and its attendant mysteries. Between April 
and October ot 191s the Turkish govern- 
ment sent [.2 million Armenians into the 
Syrian desert with no food or water. As 

Christians in a Muslim country, Arme- 
nians were this century's earliest victims 
of ethnic cleansing. Their homes were 
pillaged, and the bodies of the dead — 
including Natina Aroosian's husband and 
many other family members - were 
picked clean by thieves as they fell. 

In quiet Tenafly, however, the slaughter 
and starvation of ancestors wasn't "suit- 
able for conversation," Balakian writes. 
But shortly after his grandmother's death, 
an aunt presented him with a copy of 
Nafina's compensation claim against the 
Turkish government for the loss of her 
relatives who died during the march. A 
chilling account of the atrocities she'd 
experienced, Nafina's document threw 
open the "stone door" with which Bal- 
akian's parents had closed off the past. • 
The author's journey to understand that 
past often bristles with barely concealed 
rage, but Balakian, an English professor at 
Colgate who has written four books of 
poetry and a study of Theodore Roethke, 
never loses control. 

There is a bright side to his family's 
history: survival. Balakian's reconciliation 
with his ancestry is part ot a larger social, 
political, and historical landscape he paints 
of his life. Grandmother Aroosian liked 
nothing better than to smoke a pipe and 
watch Yankees games on television with 
her grandson. Balakian and his father 
often took in football games at Colum- 
bia's Baker Field. His mother's answer to 
fast food was Armenian lahmajoon - flat 
bread with ground lamb, beef, and 
chopped vegetables. For the most part, 
Balakian's ability to balance a wistful nos- 
talgia tor his ethnic roots with his grow- 
ing awareness of past atrocities keeps the 
book out of overtly polemical territory. 
His story is as much about being Amer- 
ican as it is about becoming Armenian. 

In the book's conclusion, however, 
Balakian takes off his gloves. The 
1915 massacre has never been officially 
acknowledged by the Turkish goverment, 
and the United States, sensitive to 
Turkey's strategic importance as a mem- 
ber of NATO, has chosen to ignore this 
ugly chapter from its recent past. "The 
Armenian holocaust deserves to take its 
rightful moral place in history," Balakian 
writes. "For a generation for whom there 
could be no justice, the pain is com- 
pounded by the evil denial." Not all 
Armenian Americans share Balakian's 
tortured family history, but most agree 
that it's time the past is acknowledged. 

Barbara Bcjoitin is a playwright ami a visiting 

Lamer in Brown's English department. 

2 8 • JANUARY I I B R I A R \ hi'/ 8 

Anthologies Noted 

Growing Up Puerto Mean: An Anthology, 
edited by Joy L. De Jesus '95 A.M. (Wil- 
liam Morrow and Company, 229 pages, 

As a child, Joy De Jesus read "every- 
thing from the World Book Encyclopedia 
to Anne of Green Gables to Gone With the 
Wind" she writes. "But it wasn't until my 
first year of college that I encountered 
literature written by a tellow Puerto 
Rican." Enchanted by Tato Laviera's po- 
etry, De Jesus continued exploring Puerto 
Rican literature in graduate school at 
Brown. Now readers can sample the rich- 
ness of Puerto Rican prose in the twenty 
selections that make up De Jesus's eclectic 
collection. From an autobiographical rev- 
erie on the corner bodega to a tale of one 
girl's secret love, these writings illuminate 
the cultural ambiguity - American or 
Puerto Rican? black or Hispanic? - inher- 
ent in the authors' life stories. 

Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited, 

edited by Rick Moody 'S3 and Darcey 

Steinke (Little, Brown, 250 pages, $23.95). 

Entering middle age, baby-boomers 

have run smack into the old puzzles: Who 
are we, where did we come from, and 
where are we going? As they wrestle with 
metaphysical riddles, some are drawn to 
the religions of their youth. And Gen X is 
right on their heels - or so it seems in this 
anthology. Novelists Moody (The Ice 
Storm) and Steinke bring us the latter-day 
Biblical ruminations of twenty-one 
young and middle-aged writers raised as 
Christians. "My generation abdicates its 
responsibilities when faced with the 
chance to articulate what it believes," 
Moody complains in his introduction. No 
such reticence afflicts the essayists, how- 
ever. Here we have Madison Smartt Bell 
reveling in St. Paul's poetry and describ- 
ing an epiphany at a vaudou ceremony in 
Haiti. In another essay, Ann Powers pon- 
ders Jesus's powerful appeal to teenagers. 
Writer bell hooks lauds a passage in the 
First Epistle of John. "We cannot know 
love," she writes, "if we remain unable to 
surrender our attachment to power." 

The Eighties: A Reader, edited by Gilbert 
T. Sewall '70 A.M. (Addison-Wesley, 366 
pages, $26). 

Gilbert Sewall, a New York-based edu- 
cation critic, found himself wondering 

in the 1980s "why people were finding 
the fast-lane lifestyle such a kick." His 
curiosity ultimately led to this collection 
of forty-one essays on the era and its 
excesses by such diverse commentators as 
Eric Boghosian, Irving Kristol, Shelby 
Steele, and Christina Hoff Sommers. 
"The culture wars of the eighties have not 
ended," Sewall observes in his introduc- 
tory essay. One combatant, Brown history 
professor Stephen Graubard, went head- 
to-head with then-Secretary of Educa- 
tion William J. Bennett on the question 
ot the so-called Western canon. In 1988, 
Bennett criticized Stanford for broaden- 
ing its required freshman course, formerly 
known as Western Culture. "Only a mind 
paralyzed by yesterday's values," scolded 
Graubard in a NewYork Times op-ed piece 
reprinted in Sewall's book, "will demand 
that [syllabus changes] be weighed on 
some mythical scale to determine their 
cultural worth." - Anne Dijfily 

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In the Jordanian 
desert, a Brown team 
is uncovering a 
vanished Arab 
civilization whose 
brief, eclectic 
culture is as lovely 

as it is strange. 




"1 -\ 


1 never thought this would be possi- 
\ ble," says Martha Sharp Joukowsky 
'58. "It's like going to Rome and say- 
ing, 'I'd like to dig here.' " Since 1993, 
J Joukowsky, a professor of archaeol- 
ogy, has been leading groups of Brown students to 
the ancient Middle Eastern city of Petra. For ten 
weeks each summer, in temperatures that easily ex- 
ceed 100 degrees, they dig alongside members of 
four local Bedouin tribes. In Petra, which sits in a 
remote, beautiful, and relatively undisturbed rift in 
the Shara Mountains of southern Jordan, Joukowsky 
has found her inspiration and purpose. 

"Petra is enigmatic," she says. "It appears solitary. 
You're in the middle of the desert, yet you go down 
to Petra. The mountains are towering all around, 
and at every bend, there's something new to see." 
Much of Petra remains undiscovered; only two per- 
cent of the central city has been excavated. Although 
it later became an im- 
portant Roman and 
Byzantine city, Petra 
reached its peak under 
the Nabataeans, an 
Arab tribe whose 
civilization lasted a 
mere 300 years, from 
roughly 200 B.C.. to 
100 a.d. Petra was 
the Nabataean capi- 
tal, decorated with a 
splendor that suggests 
its position as an im- 
portant cultural and 
financial center of the 
ancient world. "The 
Nabataeans were no- 
mads," Joukowsky explains, "who became rich from 
controlling the trading routes. Suddenly they've got 
all the money in world to do what they want. And 
what do they do? They build a city." 

The view of Pharoah's Treasury (facing page), as seen through 

the Siq. Using a portable radio, Martha Joukowsky (above) 
directs the excavation of an arched trench at the Great Temple. 

Although Petra's numerous tombs have made 
some visitors think of it as a city of the dead, 
Joukowsky explains that it was in fact a bustling, 
noisy metropolis of 30,000 people. But who those 
people were, how they lived, and what they believed 
is still largely buried in the desert sand. Until a few 
years ago, the story of the Nabataeans was a badly 
fragmented narrative pieced together from the sparse 
accounts of a few ancient historians. Thanks to the 
efforts of Joukowsky and her colleagues, the narra- 
tive is filling out, its details gleaned from the great 
buildings the Nabataeans left behind. 

Petra, in fact, has become so well-known that 
more than 10,000 tourists visit the remote site 
each year. Joukowsky has guided such world leaders 
as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and 
former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher 
through the excavation. Almost all visitors, whether 
famous politicians or anonymous pilgrims, 

enter the city through 
the Siq, a narrow, 
shadowy cleft worn 
through the moun- 
tains by the rushing 
winter floods. Emerg- 
ing from the Siq, vis- 
itors first see the par- 
tially reconstructed 
Pharoah's Treasury, or 
Kashne el Far'un, which 
the Nabataeans carved 
from the very flanks of 
Petra's dry mountains. 
According to Naba- 
taean legend, the ten- 
foot-high urn in the 
facades second story 
is filled with Pharoah's treasure. Until recently, the 
Bedouin were said to fire their rifles at the urn, hop- 
ing it would one day fall to pieces and shower them 
with gold and jewels. 


Above: A detail from one of the temple's 
capitals shows the finely detailed carving 
of leaves and vines. 

Right: An overview of the Great Temple 
and the Valley of Moses, or Wadi Musa 
showing, at bottom, the remains of a 
cobbled Roman road and above it, the 
steps leading to the temple. Above 
the steps, in the lower sacred area, or 
feme/105, three rows of columns have 
been exposed. Above them is the heart 
of the temple; the excavated portion 
of the semicircular theatron can be seen 
beyond the double row of large columns. 

Opposite page: The temple columns were 
constructed of sandstone drums (top) 
later toppled by earthquakes. Digging at 
Petra occasionally requires removing 
large amounts of sand (center), which 
moves freely during winter floods. A high- 
light of the 1997 digging season was 
uncovering the base of a column (bottom) 
in the rear of the temple; the base and 
stairs were buried under nearly twenty- 
three feet of sand. 

3 2 • I A N UARY II B U UAH Y I 99 S 



nlike the Kashne, many other buildings 
in Petra are freestanding. The largest of 
these is the Great Temple, the focus of 
the Brown team's work for the past five 
years. Standing in the most sacred 
precinct ot the city, the temple is covered by as many as 
twenty-one feet of sand. When Joukowsky surveyed the 
surface in 1993, architectural fragments littered the site, 
and columns lay toppled on their sides, eroded and bro- 
ken after centuries of earthquakes and floods. 

Using techniques ranging from aerial pho- 
tography, laser surveys, and computer recon- 
struction to simple digging, [oukowsky s team 
has gradually described a structure of elaborate 
and delicate beauty, constructed by stone 
carvers the Nabataeans probably brought in 
from Alexandria. These artisans embellished 
their work in a style that combined native and 
Hellenic influences. Inside the great temples 
are columns with capitals in the form of ele- 
phant heads or chiseled into the delicate shapes 
of acanthus leaves. Exposed by the Brown team 
are stone canopies of flowering vines; hanging 
from them, in Joukowsky's words, are "the 
richest imaginable profusion of flowers and 
fruits." In modern geographic terms, the 
Nabataeans once controlled portions of Syria, 
Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, as well as all of Jordan, 
the Israeli Negev, and Sinai. Petra's ornate 
buildings were a vivid symbol of this mysteri- 
ous colonial power. 

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3 3 

he Great Temple of Petra is also a 

Tn great Brown classroom. Elizabeth 
Payne '95, an archaeology graduate 
student at Boston University, has 
J been working there every summer 
since her sophomore year. Joukowsky, she says, differs 
from most archaeologists in being equally devoted to 
teaching and research. 

"A lot of scholars tend to gear their research 
toward graduate students," Payne says. "But Martha 
allows undergraduates to lead their own trench exca- 
vations - I led my first when I was a junior - and 
then write final reports in which they describe what 
they've found and try to piece together which things 
came first." Joukowsky enjoys watching undergradu- 
ates mature under the hot Jordanian sun. "Petra is 
really a testing ground, a proving ground for them," 
she says. "At Petra they discover how far they can 
push themselves physically, emotionally, mentally." 

Students also learn from the Bedouin. "In addi- 
tion to the interactions with the ancient world," 
Payne says, "there are interactions with the modern 
world as well." The Bedul, as the local Bedouin tribe 
is known, claim to be the descendants of a legendary 
Nabataean king. Today they try to adapt to a world 
where nomads can no longer roam freely to tend 
their herds of goats, (oukowsky reports that most 
Bedul now live in overcrowded government hous- 

ing, where, despite better schools and health clinics, 
they resent the loss of their traditional ways. 

Such tensions seldom surface during the excavat- 
ing season, though, and the students are over- 
whelmed by the tribes' ethic of hospitality. Pots of tea 
appear seemingly out of nowhere, and close friend- 
ships have developed between members ot the 
Brown team and local tribesmen. "The Bedouin have 
this marvelous sense of attachment," Joukowsky says. 
"If somebody dies in one of their families, we go and 
sit. When someone marries, we give a fifty-pound 
sack of rice and sacks of sugar and tea. As much as we 
can be, we are part of their fabric." 

3 4 ♦ J AN V A 1( Y I 1. If if LI AI1V 1 1; i) 8 

Artist Simon Sullivan '95 (facing 
page, top) draws a freshly unearthed 
artifact. Dakhilallah Qublan (facing 
page, bottom), foreman of the dig's 
Jordanian workers, refreshes himself 
with tea. The workers, mostly Bedouin 
tribesmen, "are a joy," says Martha 
Joukowsky. "They are hard workers, 
fiercely loyal, and full of fun." 

With pickax and hand tools (right), 
Bedouins and members of the Brown 
team dig together in the trenches 
and hot sun. Eventually, it's time for 
everyone to escape the heat and 
assemble in the shade of tarps (below) 
for refreshments and relaxing talk. 

s the Petra dig has progressed, it has 
illuminated the solutions to some 
mysteries and has found new and 
deeper ones. Chief among them is 
the temple's purpose. Two summers 
ago, Joukowsky and her crew uncovered what she 
believes to be a 300-seat theatron (Greek for "a place 
of seeing"). The discovery suggests the temple may 
have been a civic site at one time, or may have played 
more than one role m Nabataean culture. "It either 
has to be a religious building or a civic building," 
Joukowsky says of the Great Temple, adding that 
there is no known example in antiquity of a temple 
suddenly becoming a secular building. "I'm still 
clinging to the idea that it was originally built as a 
temple. Perhaps the theatron could have been the 
highest religious court in Petra, which considered 
matters of life and death. But we don't have an altar 
yet," Joukowsky says. "If we find the altar, we can 
pretty much say it's a temple." 

Until the winter rains end and the June heat 
begins to build, Joukowsky will have to be content 
with sifting through the mountain of data she has 
already collected. She will pore over almost 1,000 
photos taken by her husband, University Chancellor 
Artemis A.W. Joukowsky '55, who serves as the exca- 
vation's photographer. She will continue to teach, and 
she will decide which students get to fill the Petra 
camp's seventeen beds this coming summer. Most of 
all, Martha Joukowsky will ponder the ways of the 
Nabataeans, who, she says, "took everything they 
knew of the world and carved it into stone." O^ 

Joukowsky finds that undergraduates 
thrive when allowed the kind of 
responsibility and independence usu- 
ally reserved for graduate students 
in the field. Katrina Haile '99 and 
Margaret Parker '99 (above, left to 
right) set a level in preparation for 
documenting the contents of their 
trench. Laurel Bestock '99 (left) traces 
a piece of pottery indoors when the 
afternoon sun is too fierce to allow 
work outside. 

VB \ 1 1 11 iiuaiiv 1 998 

Other archaeologists working in the 
Byzantine church across the Roman 
road from the Great Temple have 
recently uncovered some spectacular 
mosaics (right), as well as important 
papyrus scrolls. 


Filling the Canvas 

Art is a quest for inspiration and meaning. 
Or is it? A group of aspiring artists 
goes to New York and learns that art 
is a business, too. 


Aboard a chartered bus idling outside the List 
Art Center on a raw, dark November morn- 
ing, visual arts professor Richard Fishman is shouting 
into his cellular phone. "Get outta bed!" he bellows, 
causing answering machines to jump all over campus. 
"We'll have to leave you if you're not here by 6:30." 

By 6:35, the bus is merging onto an all-but-aban- 
doned Interstate 95, carrying thirty-nine of the forty- 
five students who signed up for this trip. Cowlicked, 
unshaven, and nearly comatose, they settle down for the 
four-hour journey to Manhattan. Someone pops in a 
videotape of Tlic Godfather, and those who aren't already 
unconscious nod off to the sound of gunfire. 

The students don't know it yet, but the whirlwind 
tour they're about to undertake - of galleries, museums, 
and meetings with alumni - will amount to a second 
wake-up call, this one having to do with their assump- 
tions about what constitutes a career m art. For these 
aspiring artists are about to learn firsthand that the art 
world is a complicated, often crass place, and that being 
an artist means more than splashing pamt on canvases 
and creating sculptures from scrap metal. 

A highly regarded sculptor himself , Fishman is an 
old pro at organizing such pointed adventures, having 
chaperoned one-day New York City trips for the past 
fifteen years. This semester he has invited students from 
two courses - Introductory Drawing and Advanced 
Studio Foundation - and from his department's honors 
program. Fishman hopes the trip will make students 
aware of choices they might not normally 
consider. "There's .1 business side and a curatorial side" 
to the art work!, he says, "and not everyone who is 

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interested in art ends up as a painter or sculptor." To help 
make these points, he has enlisted the help of a gallery 
director, two painters with very different careers, and a 
future curator. 

The trip's freewheeling design dovetails with Fish- 
man's pedagogical style, which he describes as "less like 
teaching and more like leading students toward some- 
thing they discover themselves." Over the course of the 
day. Fishman will pepper his students with questions and 
present them with a variety of personalities and settings. 
but he will not draw conclusions for them. They must 
connect the dots and figure out for themselves how they 
might one day fit into the art world - or if they will at all. 



Fantail, a metal sculpture 
by John Chamberlain, 
is one of the works on 
display at the Leo 
Castelli Gallery, where 
Morgan Spangle '81 
(far left) is the director. 
Below, Keith Craw '98 
ponders James 
Rosenquist's Two 1959 
People, also part of the 
Castelli exhibit. 


At 10:30 the bus pulls up in front of the Leo 
Castelli Gallery in S0H0. Fishman leads his 
coterie up a flight of stairs, and they emerge into a large, 
spare, white room with hardwood floors; its walls are 
covered with works by Pop artists Roy Lichtenstein and 
James Rosenquist. Lingering is cut short, though, when 
Fishman ushers in Morgan Spangle '81, the gallery's 
director. There are sarcastic murmurs of "nice shoes" - 
Spangle's fine, doublebreasted suit and shiny loafers elicit 
suspicion from the nose-ringed, jean-clad crowd. 

Spangle speaks briefly about his transition from 
painter to gallery director - a path that included gradu- 
ate school at the Art Institute of Chicago and stints at 
various galleries and at Christie's, the auction house — 
then touches upon the state of the art world in the late 
1990s. "Like the sixties, it's a pluralistic time," he says. 
"There is no overriding, dominant movement. And 
because there are more galleries — and now Web sites - 
there is more opportunity to gain recognition than 
there was even ten years ago." Spangle, who is late for 
a meeting, departs as abruptly as 
he entered. 

Afterward, on the street outside the gallery, a sopho- 
more named Michael grumbles, "I wasn't expecting Span- 
gle to be such a symbol of white male power." Many in 
the group seem dispirited to learn that the commercial 
side of the art world operates with the same bottom- 
line mentality and hurried pace as the "real" business 
world. The gallery scene is "snotty," opines Karl Haendel 
'98. Fortunately, Fishman has arranged tor an antidote. 

By 11:30 the students are sitting cross-legged on the 
floor of another spare white room several blocks away, at 
Jay Gorney Modern Art. Fishman introduces Keith 
Mayerson '88 by explaining that he thought it impor- 
tant for a "starving artist" to balance the students' 
impression of the elite S0H0 gallery scene. Although 
Mayerson may not fit the bill of "starving artist," his 
critically acclaimed exhibition at Jay Gorney is his first 
solo show in New York. 

The tall, lean Mayerson offers encouragement tem- 
pered with realism, recounting his evolution from Brown 
Daily Herald cartoonist (Slice of Mayo) to an artist with 
his own show. He set out to be a cartoonist for the New 
Yorker but quickly grew disillusioned with "having to 

Standing in front of two of his 
paintings, Keith Mayerson '88 
explains that a gallery is simply 
a "nice, elite store." 

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Annie Kirby '01, 
Rachel Zoffness '98, 
and Brendan Kramp'98 
contemplate Julian 
Schnabel's Young Man 
on the Road to Hell; 

turn every concept into something funny" 
and opted for the M.F.A. program at the 
University of California-Irvine instead. He 
is blunt about the practical side of an artis- 
tic career: "Look. You could make more 
money doing a multitude of other things. 
'ortrait You'll discover this later on, when your 
friends are bringing home six-figure 
salaries." But when Mayerson describes his 
love of art, thirty-nine upturned faces 
break into smiles. "Art is a progression of 
ideas," he reminds them. "It pushes the 

boundaries of the way I think and the way other people 

think. Artists who are known for their important ideas — 

those are the people who win in the end." 

Walking to the next stop, Alice, a sophomore, and 

Michael sort out their impressions of the two alumni 

they've met this morning. "There's quite a contrast 
between the Brown graduate who stays an artist and the 
one who decides to sell art," mulls Alice. Then, with a 
heavy sigh, she adds, "I'm also realizing how insignifi- 
cant four years of undergraduate education are." The 
M.F.A. question looms after both Spangle and Mayerson 
have discussed the benefits of graduate school. 

Calvin Burton '01 and Sarah Raymont '99 have a 
less polarized take on the art world. "It's not like gallery- 
management types can be the only ones who are sell- 
outs," says Raymont. "You can sell out as a painter, too, if 
you start painting just for a particular audience." Burton 
agrees. "As long as you're doing your paintings, it doesn't 
matter what you do to pay the bills," he says. 

As if to prove a point, the next session is with the 
renowned painter Julian Schnabel, whom the students 
are noticeably eager to meet. 


A Portrait of Vito 
Maria Schnabel 
(age 10) towers 
over artist Julian 

When the students enter the Pace/Wilder- 
stein Gallery shortly after noon, Schnabel is 
standing among his paintings, smoking a cigarette and 
wearing sunglasses. He greets Fishman, motions for the 
students to sit on the floor, and sits down himself, 
slouching against the wall beneath an enormous nude 
portrait of his son. 

"1 was out really late last night," he explains un- 
apologetically, summoning an assistant to dispose ot his 
cigarette. "I'm forty-six years old. I started painting when 
I was three, and I'm not good at anything else. I've been 
showing art in New York for twenty years. ... I don't 
think about the 'public' It might sound ridiculous, but I've 
made the paintings for myself. Painting makes me calm." 

At first, the students are captivated by Schnabel's 
monologue on his career and the state of art, but their 
attention begins to ebb after a half-hour of sitting on 
the hardwood floor, straining to hear the artist's soft 
voice. Some wander through the gallery; others stare 
into space. But when Schnabel concludes his talk and 
walks around the gallery to discuss individual paintings, 
they snap back to attention, encircling him at each stop 
and bombarding him with questions. Fishman cuts the 
session short so Schnabel can escape to his waiting car 
and driver. The students seem a bit stunned by this 
glimpse of an artist who has made it big. "Schnabel may 
be arrogant," Karl Haendel observes, "but at least he's up 
front about it." 

"It's impressive that Professor Fishman has lined up 
so many important people," notes Lauren Bessen '01 
after lunch. "Hearing about Keith Mayerson's experi- 
ences was really valuable, especially about his transition 
from Brown to an art career." Lulu Hansen '01 adds, 
"Spangle's career didn't have much in common with 
what we do, but it's good to hear about someone who's 
taken a different path." 

Fishman finds such comments helpful in planning 
future trips. "Meeting a major celebrity is always exciting." 
he says, adding that for the students, "it seems most im- 
portant to meet with people who give insight into art." 
The students' glowing comments about Mayerson, some- 
one whom they can relate to as a Brown graduate and 
young struggling artist, seem to support Fishman's theory. 

Lyn Rasic '98, 
Barbara Martinez '98, 
and Denise Bilbao '98 
take a closer look at a 
Robert Rauschenberg. 

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^^ y mid-afternoon, assistant curator Betsy Car- 
\i^^ penter is leading the students through a Robert 
Rauschenberg retrospective at the Guggenheim 
Museum-SoHo. There are audible murmurs ot"Cool!" 
and "I like that." But the students' feet are dragging by 
this point, and each time Carpenter pauses at a work, 
the group drops, one by one, to the floor. Fishman 
assesses the prevailing mood - exhaustion - and asks 
Carpenter to describe her job. Carpenter talks about the 
benefits of working in a museum, such as the non-hier- 
archical staff structure and the fact that projects are tack- 
led in teams. She also discusses how to balance employ- 
ment with graduate school (she's a doctoral student in 
art history). Even though few ot the students plan to 
work as curators, they seem interested in knowing about 
their options —just in case. 

It is dark when the students emerge from the 
Guggenheim, and a fierce wind rips down Broadway as 
they huddle together waiting for the bus. They are off to 
their fifth stop ot the day, purposely left blank on their 

printed schedules. Fishman directs the driver to China- 
town, where as a surprise he has arranged for a Viet- 
namese restaurant to serve a multicourse meal. 

Back aboard the bus to Providence, the group is loud 
and giddy. Fishman tries to harness the excess energy by 
asking tor impressions ot the trip. "So, kids," he begins, 
microphone in hand. "What did you learn today?" 

"That the future of art is ideas, not drawing skills," 
someone shouts back. 

"Interesting. Can anyone expand on that?" Fishman 

Silence. Then: "I just wanna know it anyone has seen 
my water bottle," a plaintive voice inquires from the rear 
of the bus. 

"Fair enough," Fishman says. Clearly the symposium 
has ended for the day. "Want me to pop in The Godfather?' 

"Fishman, you are the Godfather," says a voice from 
the back. 

Their professor grins. "Yep," he says."] guess I am."0^> 


In 1996, 

David Rohde '90 


for uncovering 
evidence of Europe's 

worst massacre 

since World War II. 

Now he wonders: 

Will his work 

make any difference? 


On April 16, 1993, the 
United Nations estab- 
lished its first-ever "safe 
area" in the mining city 
of Srebrenica, which lies 
in Bosnia-Herzegovina about ten miles 
west of its border with Serbia. In the year 
since war had broken out in Bosnia, the 
population of Srebrenica (pronounced 
Sre-bre-NEET-s<i) and the surrounding 
thirty square miles had swelled from just 
under 40,000 people to about 60,000. 
The safe area, which eventually became 
one of six in Bosnia, was part of a new 
UN. strategy aimed at remain- 
ing neutral in the war while pro- 
viding relatively secure sites for 
civilians and refugees. 

On July 6, 1995, while the 
attention of the world was on 
the capital city of Sarajevo, 
Bosnian Serbs, using artillery, 
tanks, and rockets, began an 
assault on the Srebrenica safe 
area. By mid-July, Srebrenica had 
fallen. Bosnian Muslims who 
managed to escape the fighting 
told gruesome stories of rape, 
slaughter, and mass executions. 
They told ot men being lined up 
in group after group, gunned 
down with machine guns, and then bull- 
dozed into pits and covered with earth. 

After the survivors' stories became 
public, U.S. intelligence analysts reexam- 
ined satellite photographs taken in July 
and found two of particular interest. In 
one, people are clustered in a soccer field 
in Nova Kasaba, a village about fourteen 
miles west ot Srebrenica; in a photograph 
taken a few days later, the soccer field is 
empty and in a meadow a half-mile away 
are three areas where the earth has appar- 
ently been recently dug up. The analysts, 
however, could not determine from the 
photographs whether these sites con- 
tamed any evidence of the reported mas- 
sacres or any clue about what happened 
to the thousands of Muslim men missing 
from the area. The International Commit- 
tee of the Red Cross later set the number 
of missing at 7,079, all but a handful of 
them civilians. 

On August 10. 1995, 1 )avid Rohde '90, 

a twenty-eight-year-old reporter for the 
Christum Science Monitor, entered Serbian- 
controlled Bosnia under the pretext he 
was going to the city of Pale, which the 
Bosnian Serbs claimed as their capital. 
With him were a Serb driver and a Serb 
translator. Out of sight in the car was a fax 
of the aerial photo the CIA had released 
showing freshly turned earth. Having first 
driven to Pale a few days before, Rohde 
knew the road to the city passed near Sre- 
brenica. As they approached, Rohde asked 
the driver to stop in Nova Kasaba. Like 
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stories about the Srebrenica massacres, so 
he saw little harm in granting the Amer- 
ican reporters whim. 

Rohde stepped out of the car and 
searched the area for two hours. He found 
Muslim prayer beads, handwritten meet- 
ing notes that included a list of Muslim 
names, various other Srebrenica docu- 
ments, two empty ammunition boxes, and 
a 1982 elementary-school diploma for a 
boy with a Muslim name. He found areas 
of freshly turned earth, but nothing to 
indicate for certain that they were grave 
sites. As Rohde searched, he heard rifle 
shots now and then in the nearby woods; 
later he would realize it was the sound of 
Bosnian Serb soldiers "Muslim hunting." 
Crowing increasingly nervous, he began 
making his way back toward the car. He 
spotted one last gulley he hadn't exam- 
ined, and descended into it. There he 
found another freshly dug site. Protruding 
from it were the remains of a human leg. 


4 5 

As Rohde emerged from the gulley, a 
truckload of Bosnian Serb soldiers 
approached down the road. Rohde waved 
as they passed, feigning nonchalance. 
Continuing on toward his car, Rohde 
heard the truck's brakes begin to squeal. 
He thought: They're coming back for 
me. Then he realized the truck was only 
slowing down for a curve in the road. 

Rohde never made it to Pale. Instead 
he raced back to Belgrade and called 
his editor. "I found a leg!" he yelled into 
the phone. "I found a 
leg!" He had become the 
first reporter to visit the 
sites described by Srebre- 
nica's survivors since the 
city had fallen. The next 
April, after two more 
months of work, includ- 
ing another clandestine 
visit to more suspected 
grave sites and ten days 
spent as a Serb prisoner, 
Rohde was awarded the 
Pulitzer Prize for interna- 
tional reporting. His jour- 
nalism had helped estab- 
lish that between July 12 
and July 16, 1995, Bosnian 
Serb soldiers had hunted 
down and executed more 
than 7,000 unarmed Mus- 
lim men. Europe had seen 
its largest single massacre 
since World War 11. 

Less than two years before find- 
ing the first evidence of that 
massacre, David Rohde was 
covering school board hear- 
ings in the Bucks County 
town of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The 
route to Bosnia had been an unlikely 
one. As a history concentrator specializ- 
ing 111 East Asian history at Brown, 
Rohde had had little interest in journal- 
ism, even though he had been the editor 
of his high school newspaper in the west- 
ern Maine town of Center Lovell. "1 
thought 1 would become a history pro- 
lessor after college or work in a think 
tank," he says. "I here were long periods 
when I didn't want to become a foreign 
correspondent because I thought I'd end 
up drunk and lonely." 

Rohde had difficulty getting into 

Brown. The University rejected him when 
he applied out of high school, and 
changed its mind only after Rohde had 
spent two years at Bates College in Maine. 
Once on campus Rohde was both im- 
pressed and overwhelmed. "The thing 
about Brown was the caliber of the peo- 
ple," he says. "At the same time, I was 
intimidated. There were all these cool kids 
from New York who dressed in black and 
smoked cigarettes." Although he wrote a 
few articles for Issues and the College Hill 


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Independent, Rohde remained largely 
invisible on campus, "a dork with few 
friends," he says. He attributes his drive to 
succeed from his mother, now divorced 
from Rohde's father and a successful 
business executive, but his father, he adds, 
"was very very very very very strong 
about never having an attitude that you're 
better than anyone else." Thanks in part 
to this ethic, for most of his two years at 
the University, Rohde volunteered off- 
campus at the Dorothy Day drop-in cen- 
ter in Providence and taught English as a 
Second Language at Pawtucket's Progreso 
Latino. Although his activities may have 
seemed aimless at the time, he now says 
they were part of a broader pattern in his 
life "of trying to juggle the real world and 
academic theory." 

There was, however, one course at 
Brown - and one professor - that would 
later exert a great influence on Rohde's 

choice of profession. In the fall of 19S9, 
he enrolled in a seminar with Roger 
Henkle, a professor of English and a 
founder of Brown's Center for Modern 
Culture and Media (now an academic 
department). Before coming to Brown, 
Henkle, who was only fifty-five when 
he died of a heart attack while jogging 
in 1991, had been a co-founder and man- 
aging editor of the San Francisco Bay 
Guardian. At the University he influenced 
many future journalists, despite his spe- 
cialty in Victorian litera- 
ture. "Henkle was different 
from my other professors 
at Brown," Rohde says. 
"He paid a tremendous 
amount of attention to 
you. And he combined 
the theoretical with the 
practical. We would apply 
semiotics or literary theory 
to a story that would 
have an effect in the real 
world." Henkle's brilliance 
as a teacher is evident in 
the fate of his students. 
Among those in Rohde's 
seminar were Gordon 
Chambers '90, who is 
now an editor at Essence: 
Andrew Corsello '90, a 
writer at GQ: Kermit Pat- 
tison '90, who became a 
reporter for the Los Ange- 
les Daily News; and Vernon Silver '91, a 
former Brawn Daily Herald editor who has 
covered Cuba as a freelance journalist. 

After graduating, Rohde moved to 
New York City and took internships 
and low-level jobs at such places as the 
I 'illage I bice and ABC News's World Sews 
Tonight. But working at ABC was unsatis- 
factory. As a production secretary for the 
news show's investigative unit, Rohde did 
little more than answer phones. By the 
summer of 1991, he'd decided he wanted 
to be out reporting. In July he applied for 
a visa to teach English in Lithuania, hop- 
ing he could also report newspaper stories 
from there. He sent letters to the Asso- 
ciated Press and the New York Times, but 
they were uninterested in an inexperi- 
enced reporter who did not even speak 
Russian. Then on August t8 the KGB 
attempted to overthrow Soviet President 
Mikhail Gorbachev."! answer the phone at 


I <■ • I AN U AR1 FEBRUARY I 9 9 X 

World News Tonight," Rohde recalls, "and 
it's Bernard Gwertzman, who was then 
the foreign editor at the Times. He says, 
'You really got this visa? How soon can 
you leave?' I had just turned twenty-four." 

In Lithuania and Latvia, Rohde wrote 
for the Associated Press and published 
two stories in the New York Times, one 
for the business section and one for the 
sports section. It was not an auspicious 
debut: "They had to run a correction for 
the sports story," he says. Lonely, frus- 
trated with the hit-or-miss lite ot a tree- 
lance reporter in a foreign 
country, Rohde returned to 
the United States and spent 
the next year at a series of 
menial jobs and unsuccessful 
attempts at breaking into jour- 
nalism. He was finally hired 
in June 1993 by the Philadel- 
phia Inquirer as part of a corre- 
spondent program that was, 
Rohde says, "a glorified in- 
ternship." He began covering 
school boards in Bucks County. 

A year later, Rohde became 
a copyeditor at the Boston 
offices ot the Christian Science 
Monitor, spending much of his 
spare time reporting any sto- 
ries he could to get his byline 
in the paper. After only five 
months, Rohde applied for the vacant 
job of Eastern European correspondent. 
When the newspaper's first choice turned 
it down, the job was Rohde's. In Novem- 
ber 1994, he was on his way to Bosnia. 

n the months following his 
August 18, 1995, Monitor account 
of what he'd seen in Nova Ka- 
saba, Rohde visited Bosnian refu- 
gee camps to interview survivors 
about what happened. When he showed 
the school diploma he had found on the 
ground in Nova Kasaba to the refugees, 
they directed him to the brother of the 
boy named on it. The man blanched and 
disappeared into the crowd. Someone 
explained that the young man whose 
name was on the diploma had been miss- 
ing since the fall of Srebrenica. 

Rohde then traveled to the Hague to 
check the survivor accounts of systematic 
slaughter against those gathered by offi- 
cials of the International War Crimes 

Tribunal. On October 2, the Monitor pub- 
lished a long page-one "Monitor Exclu- 
sive" by Rohde titled "Bosnia Muslims 
Were Killed by the Truckload." In it 
Rohde detailed what nine survivors of 
the massacres had independently told him 
about the days following the fall of Sre- 
brenica. A sidebar also reported that some 
of the survivors saw Serbian General 
Ratko Mladic at the execution sites. 

Despite the explosive nature of Rohde's 
reporting, the article, to his surprise, met 
with public indifterence. "It was not even 

The fall of Srebrenica has emerged 
as one of the great controversies - 
and mysteries - of the war in Bosnia. 
. . . All sides in the brutal war - 
including many Western and U.N. 
officials - have resolutely convinced 
themselves that they are blameless 
and the other side is guilty. 

■ from Endgame 

picked up by the wire services," Rohde 
says. "I was incredibly frustrated."One 
person did respond, though. A U.S. intel- 
ligence source revealed to Rohde the ex- 
istence of additional suspected mass graves 
whose locations were still secret, out ot 
fear that the Bosnian Serbs might tamper 
with them before investigators arrived. 
He then handed Rohde a topographic 
map on which the suspected graves were 
marked. Rohde, meanwhile, had heard 
that the Washington Post and New York 
Times were sending reporters to the same 
camps to interview survivors from Sre- 
brenica. Afraid he was losing the story, 
Rohde made a bold and possibly foolish 
decision: to reenter Serb-controlled Bos- 
nia and look for the additional graves. 

Rohde readily admits that his motives 
for going back into Bosnia were not 
entirely noble. On the one hand, spurred 
on by the sense of moral justice that 
his father had hammered into him, he 
wanted to find evidence that would 

finally awaken the world to the horrors of 
Srebrenica. "But being no saint," he adds, 
"1 decided to go in alone." Doing so, 
despite the dangers, was the only way he 
could ensure that the new grave sites 
would be his story exclusively, as he 
explained on the evening of October 28, 
1995, to his roommate, Kit Roane, who 
was freelancing in Eastern Europe for the 
NcwYorkTimes. L 'l was just so nervous," he 
recalls. "I was blacklisted in Serbia, after 
all. So I told Kit I was going in the fol- 
lowing day. He said, 'It's crazy to go alone. 
Let me come. I won't do any 
stories.' " Rohde said no. "I 
knew," he says now, "that even 
if our stories came out at the 
same time, the news would be 
that the New York Times found 
the graves." 

On October 29, in a rental 
car from Austria, Rohde en- 
tered Serbian territory 111 
Bosnia with a camera and 
film hidden in the dashboard, 
the topographic map marking 
the grave sites, and an old 
entry permit on which he 
had altered the dates. That 
same morning, Nen'York Times 
reporter Stephen Engleberg 
published his own story about 
the Srebrenica survivors. The 
competition was catching up. 

Rohde drove without incident to 
the villages of Lazete and Grbavci, near 
Srebrenica. What he saw there exactly 
matched the descriptions survivors had 
given him a few weeks before. At the 
grave sites were: a pile of civilian clothes, a 
jacket in whose pocket was a civilian I.D 
card with a Srebenica address, a crutch, 
three canes, and what appeared to be 
human bones. 

That afternoon, while preparing to 
photograph the bones at an earthen dam 
in Grbavci, he suddenly heard a voice 
shout in Serbo-Croatian: "Don't move! 
Don't move!" 

Rohde turned to see an old man 
pointing a rifle at him, the same man he 
had earlier noticed in the distance and 
mistaken for a farmer. He now realized 
the man was a soldier assigned to guard 
the area. "I'm lost!" Rohde yelled back 
in Serbo-Croatian. "I'm lost!" 

It was no good: Rohde was captured 



and taken to a nearby guardhouse. says. "I admit I was in a certain amount of 
Although he had taken the precaution of danger, but it's a former communist 

taxing his editor in Boston the details of 
what he was about to do — he sent them 
when he knew she would be home asleep 
and unable to stop him - for the next five 
days the Bosnian Serbs denied any 
knowledge ot where he was. Rohde 
believes they were delaying until they 
could get the film in his camera devel- 
oped and ascertain what he was up to. 
Their greatest fear was not that he was 
photographing grave sites, but that he was 
a spy searching for military intelligence. 

Rohde insists that, despite 
a vigorous interrogation by a 
man named Marco and a 
night when he was deprived 
of all sleep, his Bosnian Serb 
captors treated him well. 
Some guards implied he 
would be killed, but others 
whispered that he would be 
fine. Thanks to the efforts of 
Rohde's editors, the Commit- 
tee to Protect Journalists, and, 
above all, his family (eleven of 
whom flew to Dayton, Ohio, 
to plead Rohde's case with 
Richard Holbrooke '62, who 
was negotiating the peace 
terms later known as the Day- 
ton Accords), Rohde was 
released after ten days. On November 16, 
he published a Monitor "Investigative 
Report" titled "Graves Found That Con- 
firm Bosnia Massacre." 

Two years later, on a raw 
November day in New 
York City, Rohde hails a 
taxi near his East Village 
apartment and, apologizing 
to the turbaned driver, asks to be taken to 
an address in Flushing, Queens. He's 
working on a new story. 

Rohde, a thin man with the build of 
the cross-country runner he was in high 
school, settles into the back seat of the cab 
and talks about life after a Pulitzer. 
I umed by short, tight hair and wire- 
rimmed glasses, his face appears angular 
and austere - the face of someone who 
says he was "too serious" at Brown. He 
speaks m a soft voice, but his words are 
direct and passionate. "Please don't make 
too much of what I did 111 Bosnia," he 

country. Things are still tightly controlled. 
I think it would have been more danger- 
ous to be looking for a grave in Missis- 
sippi in i960 than in Bosnia in 1995." 

Rohde then explains that in January 
1996, when he was looking to write an 
expanded account of what happened to 
the Muslims of Srebrenica, only three 
small book publishers were interested. 
Bosnia was old news. In April, however, 
the Pulitzer Prize was announced, "and I 
got letters from publishers who'd rejected 

Based on the ICRC [International 
Committee of the Red Cross] figure, 
nearly 3,000 men were summarily 
executed and over 4,000 hunted 
down like animals . . . Srebenica is 
unique because of the international 
community's role in the tragedy. 

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my book proposal, saying, 'If you ever 
decide to write a book about Bosnia 
He ignored their offers and stayed with 
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, one of the 
firms that had welcomed his proposal 
before the Pulitzer. 

The result. Endgame: The Betrayal and 
Fall of Srebrenica, Europe's Worst Massacre 
Since World War II, was published last year 
to nearly unanimous praise. In the New 
York Daily News, David Rieff, himself the 
author ot a book about Bosnia, called it "a 
superb job ot investigative journalism," 
and the New York Times's Anthony Lewis 
recommended Endgame to "anyone who 
does not know why we should care about 

Writing the book, Rohde says, 
changed his view of what he had reported 
only a few months before. "At that time," 
he writes in the preface, "I believed Sre- 
brenica's tall to be a simple tale ot victim 
and perpetrator. But the town's tall has 
proven far more complex, convoluted and 

darker than I expected." Although struc- 
tured primarily as the narratives of seven 
people - two Bosnian Muslims, one 
Bosnian Serb, one Bosnian Croat, and 
two Dutch U.N. peacekeepers — Endgame 
is a sprawling tale involving dozens of 
secondary characters, including the Presi- 
dent ot the United States. It is a story of 
brutality and moral impotence alleviated 
only by the occasional act of personal 
bravery. By describing and analyzing the 
events of eleven days in July 1995, the 
book attempts to answer the simple ques- 
tion that survivors of Srebrenica often 
asked Rohde during his visits 
with them: What happened? 
Who betrayed us? 

The answers are almost 
unremittingly dark. The safe 
area, Rohde believes, was 
doomed from the start. Peace- 
keepers disarmed the Muslims 
in the safe area, but were 
instructed to do nothing to 
antagonize the Bosnian Serbs. 
At the same time, Bosnian 
Muslim soldiers, including 
their greatest tighter, the flashy 
and probably corrupt Naser 
One, were either absent from 
Srebrenica or fought weakly 
and ineffectively. The shrewd 
Bosnian Serbs, meanwhile, 
sensed the paralysis of the U.N. peace- 
keepers and mercilessly exploited it. 
Rohde also evaluates the various conspir- 
acy theories that have inevitably arisen 
about the fall of Srebrenica. Was there a 
secret deal by someone - the French, the 
Bosnian government - to give up Sre- 
brenica in exchange for an area near Sara- 
jevo, for instance? In the end, Rohde sees 
the fall as a story ot incompetence and 
international cowardice rather than one 
of conspiracies and secret deals. It there 
was complicity, it was of a far more subtle 
and insidious kind: 

"The international community," he 
writes, "partially disarmed thousands of 
men, promised them they would be safe- 
guarded and then delivered them to their 
sworn enemies. Srebrenica was not simply 
a case of the international community 
standing by as a tar-off atrocity was 
committed. The actions of the interna- 
tional community encouraged, aided and 
emboldened the executioners." 

J. 8 ♦ JANU A R Y I I 1! K l A l( Y I 99.S 

In the world of newspaper journal- 
ism, the half-life of a Pulitzer is 
measured in days. Just before the 
prize was announced in April 
1996, Rohde had accepted a job 
as a reporter for the New York Times. Like 
almost all beginning Times reporters, 
Rohde works tor the metro section, 
under the watchful eye of the New York 
staff. At least on the surface, winning the 
Pulitzer did nothing to change his status 
at the paper; in fact, he says, it means he 
has to work even harder to prove he is 
not a one-hit wonder. 

Going to Queens is part of that effort. 
In Ti'messpeak, Rohde "does night cops." 
He arrives at the paper at 7 p.m., and can- 
not leave the building until his shift is 
done at 2:30 a.m. Every half hour he calls 
the police's public-information officer and 
asks it anything has happened. When 

something does, Rohde must quickly 
either report the story from the building 
or write it using information phoned in 
to him from reporters on the street. 
Rohde's biggest break on night cops was 
the page-one story he wrote when fellow 
Brown alumnus Ted Turner announced 
his Si billion gift to the United Nations 
on September 18. Fortunately for Rohde, 
the announcement was made at 10 p.m. 

After Rohde leaves work, he heads 
home, sleeps, and spends many of his days 
checking out story ideas in hopes of get- 
ting more stories into the paper. Today he 
is going to a Queens nursing home to 
interview a young woman who was para- 
lyzed from the neck down in a drug- 
related shooting. Wandering around the 
city, Rohde has noticed an unusual 
number ot young people hanging around 
neighborhoods in wheelchairs, and even- 

William Haglund, a war crimes 
investigator, points to corpses 
unearthed from a Nova Kasaba mass 
grave in July 1996. Some showed 
evidence of having been bound and 
shot through the skull. 

tually, he discovered that many 
of them have been maimed by 
street violence. He does not yet 
know where the story will lead 
him, something he explains to 
the woman as they begin talk- 
ing in a spare office. 

Gradually, prodded by 
Rohde's low-key, sympathetic 
questioning, the woman, who 
says she is twenty-seven years 
old, tells her story. "It happened 
in Forest Hills six years ago," she 
says. "We had just come out of a 
club from dancing. It was late - 
2 a.m., 4 a.m.? I remember a 
white Ford Taurus passed in 
front of the car, and then 
motorcycles all around. My 
cousin took sixteen bullets, the 
driver took thirteen. I took a 9 
millimeter in my head. I was 
stitched up like a baseball." The 
car, a brown-and-champagne 
Mercedes, is now "Swiss cheese." 
Her friends, the woman admits, 
were players in the drug trade, 
leading the fast life, a life she 
loved. Although she insists she 
was not involved with drugs herself 
Rohde will have to decide whether or 
not to believe her. 

For now, though, his reporter's skepti- 
cism remains hidden, and he appears to 
genuinely admire the woman sitting in 
front of him in a wheelchair, who has 
dressed for him in her best suit. "I was 
angry for four-and-a-half years," she says, 
before she realized she was "injured, not 
dead." Now she visits schools and talks to 
students, warning them about the fast life. 
After almost two hours of talking with 
Rohde, the woman begins to tire, pausing 
often to stare out the office window at a 
bare locust tree. 

"It's a scary world," she says with a 
half-smile to no one in particular, "but 
someone's got to live in it." 

Rohde nods, looking up trom his 
notes. c\^> 



Brown's statue of Marcus Aurelius overlooking 
Lincoln Field turns ninety this year. A long 
way from College Hill, one alumnus came to 
a new appreciation of its history. 





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inety years have passed 
since the canvas wrappings 
were pulled from Brown's 
statue ot Marcus Aurelius, 
a gift presented on behalf 
of Moses Brown Ives Goddard, class of 
1 854. The statue, save for a lack of gilding 
an exact reproduction of a Roman origi- 
nal, was "welcomed to the campus by 
'three long Browns for Marcus Aurelius," 
given with a will by the undergraduates," 
according to a newspaper account. A poem 
written by Henry Robinson Palmer, class 
of 1N90, and read at the* unveiling ran 
along the lines of: 

Teach us, O Pagan, day by day 
Beyond the campus press and noise 
Through shining hours and horns o I gray 
The equal mind, the starlike poise. 

The Brown campus today might seem 
a long way from that of 1908, when 
alumni and students were inspired to 
poetry and lusty cheers for a stoic 
philosopher. Visit Marcus Aurelius in his 
native Rome, though, and the ninety 
years contract to a blink. 

From 161 to 180 A. D., Marcus Aurelius 
Antonius Augustus, whose Meditations is 
held by scholars to be the greatest literary 
work by a Roman, ruled an empire that 
stretched from present-day Scotland to 
Morocco to Jerusalem. His monumental 
bronze statue, cast around 173 A.D., was 
lost when Rome crumbled, only to be 
rediscovered in the early Christian era by 
a city tired, shrunken, and disease-ridden. 
It the Romans had known whose pagan 
image they had found, they would likely 

5 ♦ J A N I. \ I) Y I I II H I A l< Y I l)l) X 

In his sketchbook last summer, Brian Floca recorded 
impressions of the Piazza del Campidoglio (left) 
and its Marcus Aurelius statue (below), a twin to the 
one behind Sayles Hall at Brown (facing page). 

have melted it for its metal at the first 
opportunity. As it was, they mistook the 
rider for Constantine, the emperor who 
had legalized Christianity in 395. The 
misidentihed statue was given a place 
of prominence in Rome that it held 
for centuries. Only during the Renais- 
sance did the sculpture regain its proper 

In 1538, Rome began a renovation of 
its civic heart, the Capitoline Hill, and 
installed the Marcus Aurelius statue there 
as a symbol of the city's past. In 1S4C). 
Michelangelo began to redesign the Hill 
into essentially the form it takes today, 
with Marcus Aurelius as its keystone. 

The statue is best approached on the 
Cordonata, a long, ridged slope by which 
one ascends the Capitoline Hill toward 

the Piazza del Campidoglio. Ahead, Mar- 
cus Aurelius seems to rise and announce 
himself between the Roman statues of 
Castor and Pollux. This Marcus Aurelius 
is. in fact, a replica of the original, which 
was moved in 1981 to the safety of the 
nearby Capitoline Museum. Installed only 
last summer, the replica was made in part 
with measurements Italian experts took at 
Brown in 1991. It is elevated slightly by 
the gently convex ground of the piazza. A 
swirl of cobblestones arcs the eye toward 
it from every direction, solidifying its 
command of a site known during the 
Roman empire as Caput Mundi - the 
center of the world. 

Overlooking the city from the statue's 
perch on a warm summer night, even a 
visitor more familiar with Lincoln Field 

than the Campidoglio might catch him- 
self considering an old Roman supersti- 
tion. The world will end, it worries, when 
after these many centuries the last bits of 
gilt finally flake from Marcus Aurelius. c^; 

Brian floca 'gi is the author and illustrator of 
The Frightful Story of Harry Walfish and 
the illustrator of several other children's books. 



Interstate 95 is the border, and two carloads of 
Brown students have crossed it. For now they're 
anonymous inside compact cars cruising up 
and down the streets of what is, for most of 
them, terra incognita, but soon they'll be fully 
engaged with this neighborhood. The students stare 
as they pass aging triple-deckers, vacant lots, corner 
bodegas, renovated Greek Revivals, and clusters of 
low-income housing. 

Driving the students on an introductory tour of 

South Providence this September day are a Brown 

professor, sociologist Hilary Silver, and a student, 

Thabiti Brown '98. The two are as different from 

one another as temperament, 

race, age, gender, and experi- 

What happens When a e nce allow. A dynamo whose 

. dark-red hair flies like a pen- 

high-intensity sociologist nant Sllver 1S a tenured whlte 

. . . professor in the prime of her 

and a student team up F „ . , . c . 

career. Brown is a male African- 
tO reinvent a COUrse? American senior given to baggy 

jeans and wry smiles. 

Professor Hilary Silver's ° ver tne next tnree months 

this odd couple will undertake 
Undergraduates in an odyssey far more ambitious 

than a motor tour: together 
Urban Studies 187 found they'll attempt to open the 

often arcane realm ot academic 
themselves far OUtSlde scho larship to sixteen Brown 

students enrolled in Silver's 
urban studies course. Urban 
Planning and Public Policy for 
Low-Income Minority Neigh- 
borhoods. Under Sllver and 
Brown's direction, the students will conduct individ- 
ual research projects in South Providence, a neigh- 
borhood plagued by abandoned buildings, drug 
abuse, and a lack ot such basic consumer services as 
banks and supermarkets. 

It South Providence weren't on an odyssey of its 
own - a concerted effort to recover from decades of 
demolition, racial tension, and being separated from 
the rest of the city by I-93 - it would have no need 
of Sliver's students. Residents, community organiza- 
tions, and economic-development agencies fre- 
quently approach Silver with topics for research or 
requests tor interns. Ultimately, it is their needs and 
concerns that frame each year's version of Urban 
Studies 187, which Silver is teaching for the sixth 
time. The interdependence of the University and the 
community and the enmeshing ot tieldwork with 
classroom theory make the course complex and 
time-consuming to plan and manage. Because the 
syllabus cannot be completely prepared in advance. 

the ivory tower 


but will evolve as the research unfolds, it's a perfect 
opportunity for collaboration between a faculty 
member and a deeply involved student. 

Thanks to the University's Odyssey program, 
such partnerships aren't unusual. Established at 
Brown in 1986 with funding from the Ford Founda- 
tion, Odyssey fellowships are designed to introduce 
students to careers in academe by narrowing the gap 
between them and their professors. Last summer 
forty-eight undergraduates teamed up with faculty 
to revise existing course syllabi or devise new ones. 
The Odyssey fellowship funds the summer collabo- 
ration and, more often than not, allows the student to 
serve as the course's teaching assistant. As a result, stu- 
dents and faculty are continually reseeding the cur- 
riculum with fresh material and methods. 

Recent projects have spawned such courses as 
Gender in Modern Chinese History and a classics 
seminar, Ancient Utopias and Imaginary Places. "By 
taking ownership of the curriculum," says Associate 
Dean of the College Karen Romer, "students get a 
window into the other side of the educational 
process. They gain an understanding of the immense 
amount of work that goes into course preparation." 

Thabiti Brown was teaching in a Harlem, 
New York, school last spring through the 
University's Urban Education Semester 
program when he ran into Silver, his former 
professor, and learned she was living across the street 
trom him. Silver, who was on a medical leave at the 
time, had been wondering how she would manage to 
put together a new unit of Urban Studies 187 for the 
fall semester. Thabiti Brown's opportune appearance 
inspired Silver to apply for an Odyssey fellowship. 

"I wasn't immediately wowed by the idea," 
Brown recalls of Silver's proposal that they collabo- 
rate, "but it was the teaching component that won 
me over." Committed to a career in urban education, 
Brown plans to get a master's degree and teach in an 
inner-city public school for three to five years before 
going on to a Ph.D. and college-level teaching. "Lots 
of kids don't take advantage of the University's 
opportunities to build a relationship with someone 
like Professor Sllver," notes Brown. "This is a unique 
chance." Having let himself be talked into applying 
for the fellowship with Silver, he spent last summer 
developing research internships for her students. 

It's now three weeks into the course, and while 
some ot the projects have jelled, a few have 
foundered. Those taking Urban Studies 187 must 
spend ten hours a week for six weeks working in the 
field and keeping a detailed journal. Each project 


culminates in a paper that becomes part ot Silvers 
ongoing study of South Providence. At weekly three- 
hour seminars, students make presentations on their 
work as it relates to the topic ot" the week - for 
example, land use and housing, small businesses, wel- 
fare and social services, or education and sports. 

This night, Matthew Maloney '98 reports that his 
internship has fallen through. Silver suggests a 
replacement topic: the social clubs of South Provi- 
dence. She tells Maloney that while she's been able to 
survey public institutions in the neighborhood, such 


as businesses, city authorities, and 
community development corpora- 
tions, so tar she has found it nearly 
impossible to tap into South Provi- 
dence's social network. In part, this 
is because much ot it centers 
around ad hoc social clubs, where 
members gather to drink beer, 
shoot pool, and talk about neigh- 
borhood matters. Almost all such 
clubs arc closed to outsiders. 

Brown doesn't like Silver's sug- 
gestion; he believes such fieldwork 
borders on intrusion. "I'd be profoundly uncomfort- 
able there myself," he says, "and I'm black." Silver 
leaves the choice up to the blond, blue-eyed Mal- 
oney. "look." she says, "the first principle is Do no 
Ihinii. And it the situation gets bad, get out. Don't 
push the envelope." 

Emily Adler '98 met 
with owners of such 
South Providence 
businesses as Joyeria 
Sonnia's, a Broad 
Street jewelry store. 

On a Monday afternoon in late October, 
Brown is in front of the sociology depart- 
ment's photocopier, surrounded by a knot 
ot anxious students. Silver is running late 
for class. Some minutes later she arrives, out of 
breath, and the class lurches into high gear. 

One student working with SWAP (Stop Wasting 
Abandoned Property) is examining elderly housing; 
Sliver fires off the name of a Brown professor who 
is an expert on aging. She tosses a different name 
to a woman whose project involves working with 
the South Side Community 
Land Trust (an organization 
that converts vacant lots into 
gardens) and suggests a text 
she should read. Names and 
book titles seem to fly 
straight from Silver's memory 
into spiral notebooks. 

Meghan Madeira '98 is 
interning with the Provi- 
dence Housing Authority, 
working on a feasibility study 
designed to lure a super- 
market to the neighborhood. 
In preparation tor this pro- 
ject, over the summer Thabiti 
Brown studied how a Bedford- 
Stuyvesant, New York, com- 
munity development corpora- 
tion persuaded the Pathmark 
supermarket chain to open 
a branch in a low-income 
neighborhood. His ground- 
work, Madeira says, helped her through some rough 
spots in the course. 

"At first, we were all really nervous," recalls 
Madeira. "Ten hours a week is a lot; you get intim- 
idated." Brown, she says, helped the students over 
their jitters. "He understands what it's like to be an 
undergraduate," she says, "but he also really knows his 
stuff. Thabiti is a link between our world and Pro- 
fessor Silver's." 

Emily Adler '98 is working for a coalition that 
promotes the growth of small businesses on Broad 
Street. South Providence's commercial arterv. Her 
project entails surveying every restaurant, dry cleaner, 
liquor store, hair salon, and auto-parts shop - each of 
the more thaii 300 viable enterprises on the street - 
and developing a citywide publicity plan for them. 
Most of the owners have responded enthusiastically 
to her questions, for which she credits her ability to 
speak Spanish and her easygoing attitude. But many 

I A N U A R\ II B R 1 A in I 9 i) 8 

Matt Maloney '98 hung 
out at this social club, 
but his research soon 
raised suspicions among 
the clientele. 

times, Adler's youth and appearance work against her. 
"Latino men often don't take me seriously," she says. 
She was even chased out of one shop. 

Such experiences bring Adler to talk with Brown 
during his office hours. "Thabiti is so calm," she says 
gratefully. "I appreciate the different perspective he 
brings to class. I'm on his side of the table when it 
comes to fieldwork - you know, don't be intrusive. 
I don't think I could be doing Matt's internship." 

att Maloney has persevered with the 
social-clubs project, but his report to 
the class is troubling. He relates that 
he had begun going to a club on 
weekends to have a few beers and to chat with the 
members, all of whom are African American. At first, 
Maloney tells the class, people were nice. A couple of 
regulars told him not to worry, even though others 
were beginning to question what he was doing there. 
"We've got your back," his new friends said. Maloney 
tried to play up the historical aspect of his project, to 
put the focus on the building rather than the social 
interaction inside it. But his strategy didn't work. 

"I know they think I'm a cop," Maloney says. 
After he was verbally accosted a few times, even his 
friends at the club advised him to get out. "I'm begin- 
ning to feel really uncomfortable there," he confesses. 
"You're not going back," Silver responds at once. 
She adds to the class, "I hope you know that if you 
ever have any problem in the field, I'm available 
twenty-four hours." 

A classmate asks Maloney what he learned. "That 
there are places to chill in urban ghettos," he 
responds thoughtfully. "That the idea that because 
places like South Providence are isolated from the 
rest of the city means they're isolated internally as 
well isn't true. It's a vibrant community." 

It's Thabiti Brown s day to teach the course sec- 
tion on urban education, and he splits the stu- 
dents into three groups based on the nature of 
their internships and asks them to design a high 
school for South Providence. The students part like 
amoebas and get to work. Silver looks on like a 
proud parent. 

"Thabiti dislikes traditional teaching," she notes. 
"But his approach is very clever. I've been pushing 
him to think about his pedagogical goals from the 
time we began our Odyssey on my laptop computer, 
back in my apartment in New York." 

One day at mid-semester Silver is poring over 
held-method notes from her own student days. Stuck 
among them is a letter from her professor at Colum- 
bia, the renowned sociologist Herbert Gans, praising 
her work as his teaching assistant. 

"See, Thabiti?" Silver says. "Maybe I'll write this 
for you one day." 

"Maybe," he replies. Then he adds with a grin, 
"I'll deserve it." o^> 

Pamela Petro is a freelance writer in Providence. 






Clinton's Budgeteer 

ill Clinton, sitting in an upholstered 
chair by the fireplace in the Oval 
Office, listens intently as Janet Yellen, the 
chair ot his Council ot Economic Advis- 
ers (CEA), discusses whether Asia's weak 
economies will have a serious drag effect 
on the United States. They won't, she 
predicts during this meeting in October. 
Other members of the president's eco- 
nomic team, including Vice President 
Al Gore and Treasury Secretary Robert 
Rubin, weigh in. Then Yellen, a small 
woman engulfed in a nearby sofa, wraps 
up the late-morning briefing. 

"Face time" with the President is 
prized inside the White House, and as 
lead author of the CEA's weekly ten-page 
economic briefing, Yellen is guaranteed a 
regular spot on Clinton's calendar. Even 
when the President cannot sit down with 
Yellen, he plows through her briefing. 
often asking her to get him more infor- 
mation on the topics addressed in her 
dense, engagingly written reports. 

In a workplace regularly consumed 
with affairs ot the hour, Yellen and her 
thirtv-five-member staff" are responsible 
for big-picture economic assessments: the 
Strength ot the recovery, for example, or 
the impact ot reforming social programs. 
"When the President is talking to mem- 
bers of Congress about the causes of job 
dislocation or the decline in welfare rolls, 
he repeatedly cites Janet's analyses," says 
Gene B. Sperling, director ot the National 
Economic Council. "She's the voice ot 
analytical integrity that everyone on the 
economic team looks to when we deal 
with difficult issues." 

It's a job Yellen never imagined she 
would do when she was an undergradu- 
ate more than thirty years ago. She began 
as a philosophy concentrator, but after 
courses with professors George Borts and 
Herschel Grossman, she switched to eco- 
nomics. "They taught me that economics 
was a subject where a systematic way of 
thinking about the world translated into 
policy prescriptions with real social 

Thirty years ago, a young 

philosophy concentrator switched 

to economics. Now she's giving 

advice in the White House. 

By Alexis Simendinger 
Photograph byJohn Eisele 

impact," Yellen recalls. "I remember sit- 
ting in Herschel Grossman's class and 
thinking, 'Gee, I didn't realize how much 
influence the Federal Reserve has on the 
health of the economy. If I ever have a 
chance at public service, [a Fed post] 
would be a worthwhile thing to do.' " 

In 1994, Clinton named Yellen to 
the board of governors of the Federal 
Reserve, plucking her from the economics 
faculty at Berkeley, where she had worked 
with the President's former economic ad- 
viser, Laura D'Andrea Tyson. Yellen was 
already well known among economists for 
several highly regarded studies justifying 
an activist monetary policy that she had 
published with her husband, Brookings 
Institution economist George Akerlot. For 
any economist, a job on the seven-member 
Fed board is a rare chance to have a direct 
impact on the economy. The board ot 
governors, along with presidents ot the 
district Federal Reserve banks, controls 
monetary policy by setting interest rates. 

Three years after appointing Yellen to 
the Fed, Clinton asked her to chair the 
CEA. For Yellen, the decision to give up 
the relatively cloistered world ot the 
nation's central bank tor an office next to 
the West Wing was "the chance of a life- 
time. This was a job that was so impor- 
tant. I never even dreamed ot doing it. 
But when the President asks you to do 
something and thinks you can do it, 'yes' 
is the only possible answer." 

In the White House, politics has be- 
come a bigger part of Yellen's job. "The 

Fed was pure policy, pure substance." 
Yellen recalls in a voice redolent ot her 
native Brooklyn. CEA issues are more 
varied and directly influence national pol- 
icy; the President's economic decision- 
making spans everything from raising or 
cutting taxes to protecting the ozone 
layer. With a Republican majority in 
Congress, "some things that I might per- 
sonally believe are desirable are just not 
going to be 'on' because they don't com- 
mand sufficient acceptance." Yellen says. 

One of Yellen's strengths, George 
Borts says, is that she doesn't wield a 
political agenda. "I think it's very hard to 
describe her politics," he says. "She sees a 
useful role for economists to play in pol- 
icy, and she believes in incentives and 
markets. She is very much in the New- 
Democratic tradition." 

Yellen has described herself as a "non- 
ideological pragmatist"; she is influenced 
by the Keynesian school of economics, 
which favors government intervention in 
markets and a benign attitude toward 
moderate inflation. Her philosophy com- 
plements Clinton's centrist approach to 
reducing governments role while provid- 
ing a safety net of social programs. 

As the U.S. economy heads toward a 
seventh banner year ot recovery, Yellen 
praises the Clinton-backed 1993 budget 
law. which cut spending, invested in kev 
programs, and raised taxes. "It's not an 
accident that we're enjoying a strong eco- 
nomic performance," she says. 

But even Yellen is surprised .it how 
tame inflation has been. "Is something 
different happening?" she muses. "I think 
the answer is yes. We hope we will con- 
tinue the pattern ot favorable surprises, 
where th'-e's more money flowing into 
the Treasury and deficits are lower than 
we forecast." She won't count on it. 
though. "Our role," Yellen says, "is to be 
hopeful - but skeptical." c^> 

Alexis Simendinger is the White House corre- 
spondent/or the National Journal. 


The Classes 



Mae Sydney Alimena celebrated her 90th 
birthday in March at the Alzheimer's Day 
Care Center in Greenwich Village, New York 
City. Her sister, Mildred Sydney Marks '38, 
lives in Providence, and her brother. Miles 
Sydney '32, lives in Pawtucket, R.I. 

193 1 

Stephen B. Delise writes: "I was sorry to 
read of the death of Harold S. Prescott '30. 
We were roommates for three years in Middle 
Hope dorm. I lost track of him and met him 
after fifty years at his home in Mount Vernon, 
Mo. At our reunion, my wife cooked a lm- 
guine and meatball dinner for all of us. His 
wife, Myrtle, was alive at the time. That was 
the last time I saw him." Stephen can be reached 
at 4552 Shoshone Trail, Sarasota, Fla. 34233. 
Elisabeth Connie Dowd (see Susan 
Smith and Ryan Walsh, both 93). 


The newly elected men's class officers are 
Miles Sydney, president, 27 Nottingham 
Way, Pawtucket, R.I. 02860, (401) 725-9823; 
William R. Goldberg, vice president; 
Everett Schreiner, secretary/treasurer; and 
Paul Mackesey and Walter Kelley Jr., co- 
treasurers. The new secretary for the women is 
Elinor L. Martin. 

I933 © 

th Reunion 

Save the dates for the Brown and Pembroke 
65th reunion, May 22-25. Come back and 
share the weekend with old friends and new. 
Contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863- 
1947 if you did not receive the fall mailing. 

Albert Lewitt has moved to a retirement 
community five miles trom his daughter, Joan. 
Tin 87 and don't travel." he writes, "even back 
to Nashua. N.H., where we lived for more 


Please tend the latest about your job, family, 
traveb,oi othei news toThe Classes, Brown 
Alumni Monthly, Box ks'sj, Providence, 
R.I. 02gi2;fax (joi) 86j-gsgg; e-mail 
B I \i@brownvm Deadline for 
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than fifty years." Albert's son, Phillip '63, and 
daughter-in-law, Fukiko, visited from Kyoto, 
Japan, last August. "We're very pleased with 
our children and grandchildren and very proud 
of Brown," Albert writes. Albert lives at 1301 
Nottingham Rd., #B2i9,Jamesville, N.Y. 13078. 


The newly elected men's class officers are 
Jack Skillings, president, 7 Harlem St., Rum- 
ford, R.I. 02916, (401) 434-7169; and Martin 
Tarpy. secretary /treasurer. The new women's 
officers are Emma Warner Kershaw, presi- 
dent, 15 Hillcrest Ave., Greenville, R.I. 02828, 
(401) 949-3434; Eleanor McElroy and 
Margery Walton Shepard, co-secretaries; 
and Dorothy Rawcliffe Brown, treasurer. 


iU/th Reunion 

Save the dates for our 60th reunion. May 22-25. 
Come back and share the weekend with old 
friends and new. Contact reunion headquar- 
ters at (401) 863-1947 if you did not receive 
the fall mailing. 

Alan Fontaine, Westport, Conn., recently 
celebrated htty years as a photographer with 
an exhibition at a local art gallery. "It's a con- 
tinuation of my lifelong desire to experiment," 
he writes, "starting as a member of the Brown 
Camera Club in 1936." Alan can be reached at 
315 Main St. .Westport 06880. 


Margaret Butterfield Hyde writes: "Not 
enough '40 news! It pays to write to the BAM. 
Last year, I had an exciting letter from Philip 
Smith '42 regarding genealogy. He saw the 
Butterfield name and realized that we were 
related by way of Benjamin Butterfield way 
back to the seventeenth century." In the last 
few months Margaret has attended a meeting 
of the Lindbergh Society in Rhinebeck, N.Y, 
and traveled to Minneapolis (for the seventi- 
eth anniversary of Lindbergh's flight) and to 
England and France. She can be reached at 32 
Dublin Rd.. Southbury, Conn. 06488. 

Frank W Rollins Jr. writes that an annual 
mini-reunion luncheon was held at the Uni- 
versity Club, Providence, on Sept. 8. Attendees 
included Bert Buxton and his wife. Lois 
Lindblom Buxton '43; Ken Clapp; John 
McLaughry; Frank Rollins;John Barrett 
'39 .uui his wife, Mary; Bill Sheffield '41 and 
his wife, Pat; Earl Nichols '43 and his wife, 
Dorrie; and Fran Parkhurst '43 and his wife. 

Priscilla. Frank can be reached at 80 Lancaster 
Ave., Kenttield, Calif. 94904. 


Bill Allen received the first of the Brown 
engineering alumni medals awarded as part of 
the engineering division's sesquicentennial 
celebration on Sept. 19. Of the twenty-four 
men who received engineering degrees in 1941. 
fourteen survive: William F. Allen Jr.. Ben- 
jamin Ambrosini.John L. Benn. George 
P. Conard Jr.. Channing K. DuPouy, 
Robert W. Griffin. Earl W. Harrington. 
Richard T. Hauck, Emile A. LeGros. Paul 
S. Shelton. Leonard T. Lubin, Paul S. 
Shelton. John K. Solfisburg. Robert S. 
Wilmot, and Kenneth A. Wood. 

Earl Harrington met Harold B. (Hap) 
Nash at the Brown-Lafayette football game. 
Hap is an attorney in Dedham, Mass. At the 
annual meeting of the Bar Association of Nor- 
folk County. Hap received the Libby Award, 
which is presented annually to an attorney 
"who has won the admiration of the bar for 
the manner in which he has conducted himself 
over his career." 

Arnold Eggert, Middletown, Conn., and 
his son Gerald '64, '73 Ph.D. celebrated the 
graduation of Gerald's daughter. Holly Clara 
'96. last May. 

Robert F. Rapelye. Providence, writes, 
"I regret not making the May 25 dedication 
of the new war memorial .mc\ Bob Steinsieck's 


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fine tribute to his son. That weekend was spent 
driving to granddaughter Kate's graduation 
from Connecticut College and then on to New 
Hampshire for granddaughter Meg's gradua- 
tion from Holderness School. Meg is now a 
cadet at the Coast Guard Academy." Bob spot- 
ted Austin Volk on the Arts & Entertainment 
network's Biography, which featured the life ot 
Malcolm Forbes. Austin, mayor of Englewood, 
N.J., was commenting on Forbes's early cam- 
paigns for office in New Jersey. 

Write a letter to John Liebmann or 
Earl Harrington and include your news and 
views for our 1998 class newsletter. Addresses: 
John, 1133 Park Ave., New York City 10128; 
Earl, 24 Glen Ave., Cranston, R.I. 02905. 
— Earl W. Harrington Jr. 

Allen R. Ferguson. Silver Spring, Md., 
reports that actor Jimmy Stewart sent him a 
hand-written note just a few weeks before he 
died. "Like me, Mr. Stewart was a B-17 pilot 
with European combat experience," Allen 
says. "My radio operator of fifty-three years 
ago sent him a copy of my account of one of 
our missions - a lone-wolf, night raid on the 
oil refinery at Blechhainmer in Polish Selisia." 


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The newly elected class officers are Bernard 
E. Bell, president. 376 Slater Ave., Providence 
02906, (401) 272-2856; Richard Donovan, 
vice president; Susan Weatherhead, secre- 
tary; and Robert Rockwell, treasurer. 

You've received a letter about our reunion. The 
magnet on your refrigerator reads "Reunion 
Weekend '98." So now you're reminded that 
our 55th reunion will be on Memorial Day 
weekend. Make your travel plans now to arrive 
on Friday. May 22, and stay through Monday, 
May 25, after the Commencement march down 
the hill. (It you graduated in February, you 
didn't have that opportunity!) You'll be greeted 
by friendly 43ers in our newly redecorated 
class headquarters in the Wnston Quadrangle. 
By tour o'clock we will begin to assemble for 
the cocktail hour. At six o'clock, it's on to the 
Refectory for the Brown Bear Buffet; you 
might see friends from other classes. Then there's 
Campus Dance with the Japanese lanterns 
overhead, several orchestras playing (including 
big band music). ,1 dance H001 for those who'd 
like to do a little jitterbugging, and tables 
where we can sit and watch. Back at '43 head- 
quarters, the "afterglow" will be in full swing. 

Day two starts with a continental break- 
fast at our headquarters. During the morning 
we can attend our choice o\ forums. The tra- 
ditional ladies' luncheon at the Faculty Club 
and the men's luncheon at the Refecton w ill 
be followed by the taking of the official Class 
of '43 photo. On Saturday evening, a bus will 
take us to an elegant dinner at a country club 
and then on to the Pops Concert under the 
stars on the Green (which we used to call the 
Middle Campus). The finale is another "after- 
glow" at our headquarters. Watch this column 

Warren P. Leonard '30 of Sag Harbor, New York, 
sent in this photograph of the Brown Orchestra, 
circa 1927-28. Leonard, at far right in the first 
row, was the orchestra's first flutist. 

for the events of the last two days of our spec- 
tacular 55th reunion.- CarolTaylor Carlisle 

Lois Lindblom Buxton has a new- 
address and phone number: 5809 Rattlesnake 
Hammock Rd., #108, Augusta Woods, Naples. 
Fla. 34104; (941) 417-5255. 

Sherry Foster writes history articles for 
the East Hampton Independent and is one of 
fifty-two scholars who contributed to Long 
Island Country Houses e- 7 '/ini.-hi7/ifc<7s. Her latest 
article, about single women who lived in East 
Hampton in the nineteenth century, will appear 
111 a book published by Hofstra University. 

Bernice Parvey Solish's son Sam is 
president of the Young Physician's Group of 
the American Medical Association. Bernice 
and her husband. George, traveled to Eastern 
Europe last summer. - Carol Taylor Carlisle 

Marguerite Connelly Carroll can be 
reached at 10138 42nd Terr. S., Boynton 
Beach, Fla. 33436. She would enjoy hearing 
from anyone 111 the area. 

John W. Mayhew and Shirley Walling 
Mayhew '48 celebrated fifty scars of 111.11 1 iage 
on Sept. 6. Their three children threw a party 
at the home of their daughter. Deborah '73, 
111 WestTisbury, Mass. Among those attending 
were June Miller Wilbur '47 and Paul W. 
Cook '4S. fohn and Shirley can be reached at 
Music St., P.O. Bon 51, WestTisbury, Mass. 02575. 


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Phyllis Bidwell Oliver writes: "My husband 
and I had a wonderful two weeks in Alaska 
last spring. One highlight was a visit to the 
Raptor Center in Sitka, where injured or sick 
bald eagles are nursed back to health." Phyllis 
can be reached at 3 Cadwell Rd., Bloomtield, 
Conn. 06002. 

Kenneth A. McMurtrie and his wife. 
Carolyn, who are building a home in Ocala, 
Fla., traveled in Europe for almost two months 
last year. In October they left for a fifty-three- 
day cruise around South America on the Regal 
Empress. Kenneth can be reached at 507 Long 
Reach Dr.. Salem. S.C. 29676. 

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Florence Asadorian Dulgarian was one of 

six "notable women" featured in the commem- 
orative calendar for the sesquicentennial cele- 
bration of Brown's engineering division. Flo- 
rence was a Pratt and Whitney scholarship 
recipient and one of the first women accepted 
to the engineering program at Brown. 

Dorothy Kay Fishbein has been elected 
to a two-year term as president of the Pem- 
broke Club of Providence. In addition to its 
regular schedule ot lecture meetings, the club 
continues to offer its popular seminar series in 
the tall and spring. 


James S. Siegal writes: "Happy to report that 
I continue to travel. I sailed down the Turkish 
coast and into the Aegean Sea - Istanbul to 
Athens. I rested up atVouhagmeni and then 
flew to Lisbon to join friends on tour through 
Portugal and Spam. I hope to visit Barcelona 
and Santiago de Compostela in the spring." 
James welcomes classmates to call him at (714) 
838-7828 and arrange a visit to his home 111 
Tustm. Calif 


The newly elected class officers include Roger 
D.Williams, president, 40 Carman Back Rd.. 
Barnngton, N.H. 03825, (603) 664-2S03 or 
(508) 465-11477. 

Ray Elias. Jefferson. Ohio, and his wife, 
Margery Moore Elias '4N. traveled to Paris 
to give his original wallpaper to Bibliotheque 
Forneya graphic art museum and library. Ray 
is owner of Dezign, which creates original 


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Youi reunion 1 ommittee is working very hard 
10 create a tun and informative event lor the 
50th anniversary of our graduation. If you 
hurry, it is not too late to return the reunion 

Looking Back 

Mr. Chips in 
the Making 

A future Brown professor has some 
undergraduate fun for the camera. 

"No," writes Melissa Tinker Howland '48, "it 
is not the elusive Professor Carberry." 

The gent posing in ersatz professorial 
mufti was, rather, R. Gale Noyes '21, mas- 
querading as a member of the faculty while 
still an undergraduate. Howland, who was 
Noyes's goddaughter, found this photo- 
graph while going through files belonging 
to her late father, Harold Tinker '21, a life- 
long friend of Noyes. Noyes eventually did 
join the Brown faculty, becoming "a favorite 
English professor of decades of Brown 
and Pembroke students," Howland says. 

After graduating from Brown with bach- 
elor's and master's degrees in 1921, Noyes 
went to Harvard for a Ph.D. He returned 
to Brown in 1938 to teach Restoration drama 

and eighteenth-century fiction. He became 
a full professor in 1951 and died in Provi- 
dence in 1961. 

"His classes were always full," noted 
the Brown Daily Herald at the time of 
Noyes's death, "not only with English majors 
but also with students representing all other 
disciplines. They took his course to gain an 
insight into life by enjoying his erudition, 
his sense of humor, and his vast humanity." 
- Anne Diffily 

yearbook survey form that you should have 
received in the mail. A complete yearbook 
will greatly enrich everyone's reunion experi- 
ence. In the event that you have not received 
our mailings, please call reunion headquarters 
at (401) 863-1947. Think spring- and 
reunion! - Brcffny Feely Wahh 



The class of '49 will have a mini-reunion - 
lunch, a class meeting, and planning for the 
soth reunion - on May 6 at the DeCordova 
Museum in Lincoln, Mass. The museum will 
be exhibiting watercolors by artist Marty 
Fox Rawls. Look tor more information to 
follow.- Marilyn Silverman Ehrenhaus 

Adele Anthony (see John E. Bauman 

John T. Townsend turned 70 on |ulv 25. 
He is professor emeritus at the Episcopal 
Divinity School and is teaching Jewish studies 
at I larvard Divinity School. He has a new book 
from Ktav Publishing House: a translation, with 
notes, of Midrash Tanhuma (S. Buber Recension), 
Vol. II: Exodus and Leviticus. |ohn can be reached 
at j townsend(S 

Ellsworth Shiebler (lack Ellsworth) recently 
was honored for his fiftieth anniversary in 
radio and his 75th birthday. At a dinner-dance 
on June 29. Suffolk County (N.Y.) district 
attorney James Catterson presented him with 
a plaque for Ins work asWLIM radio's CEO, 
president, and general manager. More than 200 
fans, friends, and family members attended the 
celebration. Other tributes included plaques, 
scrolls, and letters from President Clinton. U.S. 
Senator Alphonse D'Amato, Frank Sinatra, 
Perry Como, and Johnny Matins. Jack began 
his radio career at Brown's WBRU in 1947 and 
later worked at WHIM in Providence before 
moving to Long Island. He has no plans to retire. 


Alan Calnan writes: "Having missed all 
reunions tor the past thirty years, because mosdy 
I live in Belgium. I fully intend to make our 
soth in 2001 . In the meantime, any classmates 
coming to Belgium will be welcome. Alan 
can be reached at 4s. Rue H. Boulenger, tl8o 
Brussels. Belgium. 

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J. Rogers Greenlees, Swansea, Mass., 
attended his 50th class reunion at Hope High 
School in Providence in September. 

Joanne Thompson sold the twenty-five- 
acre farm that had been in her family for sixty 
years and moved into a three-bedroom mod- 
ular house two-and-a-half miles away. "We 
love it," she says. "No maintenance, no lawn, 
no wood stove, and once we find what's in 
all the boxes, we'll be fine." Joanne also reports 
that Cleo Palelis Hazard and her husband 
stopped by for a short visit right after the 
move. Joanne can be reached at RR#i, Box 
632, Surry, Maine 046X4. 

George Tingley. North Kingstown, R.I., 
presented "Man Lives Not by Numbers Alone: 
A critique by an insider, a former manager 
of operations research, of the uncritical appli- 
cation of the quantitative approach" at the 
37th annual AGIFORS (Airline Group of the 
International Federation of Operational 
Research Societies) Symposium in Nusa Dua, 
Bali. Indonesia, in September. 


The newly elected class officers are Davies 
Bisset, president, 246 Boston Neck Rd., Nar- 
ragansett, R.I. 02SS2. (401) 788-9951: Beverly 
Calderwood Hart, vice president: Judith 
Brown, secretary: Fred Gifford. treasurer; and 
Ed Barry and Dotty Williams Wells, reunion 

Gil Bach (see Nancy Bach Roberts '88). 

Skip Danforth (seejared Poppel '91). 

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Be sure to save the dates May 22-25. Pl an to 
come back to Brown for our 45th reunion. 
This will be a perfect opportunity to rekindle 
old friendships and start new ones. It you have 
not received your first reunion mailing, please 
contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947. 

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Alfred H. Phillips, Livonia, Mich., has retired 
from his job as business manager of a General 
Motors facility because of heart problems. 
Alfred is enjoying life and is involved in a lot 
of volunteer work. 


Hank Vandersip and his wife, Phebe RUE 
'96. had the pleasure of witnessing the awarding 
of one of the first Brown engineering alumni 
medals to fellow engineering classmate Walt 
Weber. The awards ceremony took place .it the 
sesquicentennial anniversary of the engineering 
division. Walt, a Distinguished University Pro- 
fessor at the University of Michigan, was hon- 
ored for his many contributions to the field 
ot environmental and water resources engineer- 

ing. Congratulations, Wilt, and remember - you 
promised to attend the 45th! 

A tribute to John Peterson, class reunion 
chair who passed away in August, was held 
Sept. 6 in John's hometown of Milford, Conn. 
Hank Vandersip had the honor of reading mov- 
ing testimonials from Nancy Dawn Zarker 
Jones, Geneva Whitney, and Alan Levenson, 
who were unable to attend. Dazzle Devoe 
Gidley, Christa Buhler Fagerberg, Art Love. 
Hank Vandersip, and his wife, Phebe. attended, 
as well as John's boyhood friend, Gordon 
Perry '55. Gordon delivered a stirring tribute 
to John, one I'm sure no one in the room will 
ever forget. A reception was held at the home 
of one of John's friends, during which many 
remembrances were shared. It was a fitting good- 
bye to a true Brown alum. - Hank I andersip 

Henri Leblond retired from Riverside 
Junior High School, East Providence, R.I., last 
year after thirty-eight years. Riverside's class 
of 1997 dedicated their yearbook to him with 
this inscription: "Those who knew him well 
will miss his sense of humor and kind words. 
He was a truly dedicated teacher with a love 
for language and working with young adults." 


The newly elected class officers are Marie 
O'Donahoe Kirn, president, RR #i,Box 
271, Hartland.Vt. 05048, (802) 295-2604; 
Linda Perkins Howard, secretary; George 
Rollinson, treasurer; Roberta Abedon Levin 
and Robert Goff, reunion chairs; and Edwin 
Cowen and Ardell Kabalkin Borodach, 
annual giving coordinators. 

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A tribute to our college days is being planned, 
and we want vou to be there. Save the dates 

May . 

15 for our 40th reunion. If you have 

not yet received your first mailing, please con- 
tact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947. 


Virginia Perrotti Foley. North Providence, 
R.I.. traveled to Rome with the Festival Cho- 
rus of Rhode Island. The group had an audi- 
ence with the Pope, and did some sightseeing 
and touring. Last summer Virginia traveled 
to California to see her daughter and brother. 
Ted Martin (seejared Poppel '91). 


Raymond J. Barry, West Hollywood, Calif, 
has published a book. Mother's Sou and Oilier 
Plays (Chicago Plays). Last year he appeared in 
Dead Man Walking, directed by Tim Robbins. 
Raymond has three films about to be released: 
Flubber, a Disney film with Robin Williams; 
Warner Brothers' Mad City; and Orion Films' 

Best Men. He performed in his own play, Back 
When - BackThcn at the Magic Theatre in San 
Francisco in October and at the Theater for 
the New City in New York City in November. 

Steven C. Batterman '64 Ph.D. has 
retired from full-time teaching and research 
at the University of Pennsylvania after thirty- 
three years. He is an emeritus professor of bio- 
engmeering in the School of Engineering 
and Applied Science and emeritus professor of 
bioengmeermg in orthopedic surgery in the 
School of Medicine. Now he devotes his time 
to his consulting practice in forensic engi- 
neering and biomechanics. Steven can be 
reached at 109 Charlann Cir., Cherry Hill, 
N.J. 08003; 

David W. Beach co-edited Musk Theory 
in Concept and Practice (University of Rochester 
Press, 1997) with Brown music professor James 
M. Baker and Jonathan W. Bernard. An anthol- 
ogy of nineteen essays by leaders in the field 
of music theory, it reflects current trends in 
research. David is dean of the faculty of music 
at the University ofToronto. 

Ronald M. Schnitzler is a professor of 
biological sciences at Naugatuck Valley 
Community-Technical College in Waterbury, 
Conn. His older daughter, Micaela, is a doc- 
toral candidate in oceanography at the Uni- 
versity ofWashington. His younger daughter, 
Aletta, is a genetics research assistant at the 
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. 
Ronald can be reached at 75 Cobblestone 
Rd., Longmeadow, Mass. 01 106. 

Arthur F. Tuch (see Geoffrey Donoho 

P| ft THE 

Deep Pockets: Ted Turner '60, founder of 
the CNN cable television empire, announced 
in September that he will donate $1 billion 
to the United Nations. The money will be 
used to aid refugees, clear landmines, and 
fight disease. Former Brown President Vartan 
Gregorian attended the New York City dinner 
at which Turner made the announcement. 


The newly elected class officers are Alan 
Grace, president, 120 Longfellow Rd., Sud- 
bury, Mass. 01776, (978) 443-9844 or (617) 
790-3000; Dick Coopersmith. vice presi- 
dent; Dale Burg, secretary; and Nick Angell 
and Dale Burg, treasurers. 

Dale Burg ghostwrote The Money Club 
for Marilyn Crockett and Diane Terman 
Felenstein. Released in September, the hook 
describes the experiences of an investment 
club and serves as a handbook for women on 
how to handle their finances. I )ale writes, "It's 
gotten a lot of good notices 111 Publishers Weekly 


6 1 

The Alumni Association honors 
excellence and service. 

A pride of beaming Brunonians was hon- 
ored by the Brown Alumni Association at 
the annual recognition ceremony on Octo- 
ber 18. In the front row are Brown Bear 
Award winners Knight Edwards '45, Claire 
Henderson '61, and Roger Simon '61; and at 
right, William Rogers Award winner and fea- 
tured speaker Hermes C. Grillo '43. In the 
second row are Chelsey Carrier Remington 
'61, winner of the Ittleson Award, given by 
the Brown Annual Fund; and Mary Louise 
Hinckley Record '37, winner (with Thomas 
Brown '50, who was absent) of the John 
Hope Award for public service. 

Pioneering thoracic surgeon Hermes Grillo 
'43 (center), winner of the William Rogers 
Award, and his wife, Sue Robinson, talk 
with President Gee before the luncheon in 
Alumnae Hall. 

Those in the top three rows received 
Alumni Service Awards for their dedication 
to alumni activities. Third row: Randall 
Sherman '75, Richard Mertens '57, Phebe 
Vandersip '98 (RUE), and Henry Vandersip 
'56. Fourth row: Dorothy Berger Friar '42, 
Rebecca Bliss '92, and David Bloom '71. Top 
row: Marc Bergschneider 73 and Paul von 
Oeyen '71, '75 M.D. (Julio de Queseda '74 
was absent.) 

At the awards luncheon, 
Rogers Award winner Hermes 
Grillo, a thoracic surgeon on the 
Harvard Medical School faculty 
who is known as the "father of 
tracheal surgery," spoke hopefully of new 
developments in medical research and edu- 
cation. But he cautioned that diminished 
funding could threaten both areas. Grillo 
directed his harshest words, however, at 
trends in health-care delivery. "In my view," 
Grillo told the capacity crowd in Alumnae 
Hall, "the greatest failure of American medi- 
cine has been in equitable delivery of med- 
ical care." He called health-care coverage "a 
crazy quilt," and noted that those who con- 
trol access to health services are no longer 
practitioners but "money managers." 

The latest managed-care strategy, "capi- 
tation," in which insurers set maximum 

reimbursement levels for treatments, drew 
an especially pointed blast from Grillo. "The 
engine of capitation seeks to place financial 
responsibility for medical care on doctors," 
he said, "presenting them with a theme for 
a morality play: the less care you give the 
sick, the more you may earn! Meanwhile, 
CEOs and other health-care managers take 
ever-rising and, to me, unconscionable 

In the end, Grillo reminded his audi- 
ence, medicine must always be about the 
needs of individual patients. 

The William Rogers Award, named for 
Brown's first graduate, annually honors an 
alumnus whose service to society exempli- 
fies "a life of usefulness and reputation" - 
words taken from the Brown charter. It is 
the Brown Alumni Association's highest 
honor. - Anne Diffily 


and elsewhere. I tried to put a little humor 
into a subject that can be somewhat dry." Dale 
can be reached at 

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Save the dates May 22-25 an d watch for news 
of our 35th reunion. We are planning a terrific 
weekend, including festive events and plenty 
of time to become reacquainted with old 
friends. We look forward to seeing you. If you 
haven't received your tall mailing, call reunion 
headquarters at (401) 863-1947. 

Suzanne Walter Bassani moved into a 
new home in May and continues to work for 
Pathlore Software, a computer-based training 
(CBT) product and services company in 
Columbus, Ohio. In the last year, she has trav- 
eled extensively, consulting about multimedia 
design and training clients to use the com- 
pany's new Internet CBT product. She can be 
reached at 5807 Westchester Ct.,Worthington, 
Ohio 43085; 

Elaine Piller Congress, New York City, 
has published Multicultural Perspectives iu Work- 
ing with Families (Springer). She is director of the 
doctoral program and was recently named act- 
ing associate dean at Fordham University's Grad- 
uate School of Social Service. Last June. Elaine 
was elected president of the National Associa- 
tion of Social Workers, New York City chapter. 

Barbara Chernell Faigin (see Randy 
Faigin '90). 

Robert P. Freeman writes: "Joyce and 
I have sold our hotel on the Oregon coast and 
are heading into retirement - staying in the 
same area, but doing a lot of traveling." Robert 
can be reached at 

Gail Caslowitz Levine (see Jane Levine 


Raymond Azrak (see Naomi Suzuki '91). 

Bruce W. Bean writes: "I am enjoying 
my role as managing partner of the Coudert 
Brothers' Moscow office. The pace of change 
and the tangible progress made in Moscow 
toward the completion of Russia's most incred- 
ible revolution is amazing to watch and grati- 
fying to be a part of. We are starting our third 
school year in Moscow, and I am informed by 
my children that they intend to graduate from 
the Anglo-American School in Moscow in 
the years 2000 and 2002 respectively." Bruce 
can be reached c/o Coudert Brothers, 11 14 
Avenue of the Americas, New York City 10036; 

Gerald Eggert (see Arnold Eggert '41). 

Robert J. Follows received an MBA. 
from Wharton and an M.Sc. in computer sci- 
ence. He can be reached at 430 High Rock 
St., Needham, Mass. 02192. 

Mara Gailitis Koppel can be reached 
at 5635 S. Dorchester Ave., Chicago 60637; 

Bill Levine (see Jane Levine '88). 

Charlotte Cook Morse, with two British 
co-editors, presented professor J. A. Burrow, 
Bristol University, with a Festschrift, Essays on 
Ricardian Literature (Oxford University Press), 
which includes her essay "From Ricardian 
Poetry to Ricardian Studies." Charlotte writes, 
"The celebration made a fine ending for 
the Medieval Futures conference." She can be 
reached at 2202 Floyd Ave., Richmond, Va. 

Eldon D. Wedlock Jr., the David H. 
Means Professor of Law at the University of 
South Carolina Law School, has been elected 
chair of the university faculty for 1997-99. He 
co-authored TlicTree of Liberty: A Documentary 
History of Political Crime and Rebellion iu the 
United States (Johns Hopkins University Press). 
Eldon reports that his wife, Janet L. Nielsen 
Wedlock '65, and their two children Stina 
'89, '93 M.D. and Sara are doing well. Eldon 
can be reached at 


Leslie A. Blatt, Maplewood, N.J., is a senior 
producer and responsible 
for the ABC News site on America Online. 
Leslie, who has worked for ABC for thirty years, 
can be reached at or blattl@ 

Pamela Farro Crown was looking for- 
ward to retiring from the Council for Children, 
Charlotte, N.C., in December. She anticipates 
becoming a master gardener and traveling to 
see friends and family. Pam can be reached at 
1901 Sterling Rd., Charlotte 28209. 

Christopher Donoho and Joan Hayes 
Donoho (see Geoffrey Donoho '94). 

Richard W. Holt is a professor of surgery 
and assistant dean at the Georgetown Univer- 
sity School of Medicine in Washington, DC. 

Doug Smith, Colleyville.Tex., writes: 
"One year ago I was named national director of 
programs for the Boy Scouts of America. |udv. 
Dan, and I moved to the Dallas area from Ore- 
gon. After thirty-one years with the Boy Scouts, 
I am now in charge of everything that's fun!" 

Terry and Pat Walker Walsh (see Susan 
Smith and Ryan Walsh, both '93). 


James P. Galkin is president and CEO of 
Crown Cut Packaging Inc., a Pawtucket, R.I.. 
manufacturing corporation. His son Todd is in 
his third year at Case Western Reserve Dental 
School, while another son, Lee, graduated 
from Suffolk Law School and is living in Man- 
hattan with his fiancee, Erika. Lee will be 
married in October. James can be reached at 
73 Whitewood Dr., Cranston, R.I. 02920. 


Inc., 4355 Davidson Rd.. Hilliard, Ohio 43026, 
(617) 529-0843 or (614) 876-3403; Carolyn 
Laughlin VanDam, secretarv;John Barrett. 
treasurer; Marjorie Marks, annual giving 
coordinator; and Eugene Newman, activities 


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Save the dates for our 30th reunion. May 22-25. 
Come back and share the weekend with old 
friends and new. Contact reunion headquar- 
ters at (401) 863-1947 if you did not receive 
the fall mailing. - Margaret French Gardner and 
Dick Trull 

Joel Bennett was named chair of the law- 
practice management section of the American 
Bar Association at its annual meeting in San 
Francisco in August. Joel, a past president of 
the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 
practices employment law in Washington, DC. 

Caryl E. Carpenter, Lansdowne, Pa., is 
spending her sabbatical fromWidener Univer- 
sity working with the Southern Health Care 
Network in Melbourne, Australia. 

Robert Ladd has been promoted to pro- 
fessor after twelve years at Edinburgh Univer- 
sity. He can be reached at 

Fredi L. Pearlmutter. an attorney with 
Cooper, Rose & English, has been appointed 
chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association's 
environmental law section. Fredi is a trustee 
of the Harvard Law School Association and 
an adjunct professor at Seton Hall, where she 
teaches environmental law. She and her hus- 
band, Paul D. Cohen, are celebrating their 
tenth anniversary. 


Paul Payton and his wife.Bette Schultz '73, 

are alive and well in Chatham, N.J. - except 
for a damaged leg each. Bette tore a knee liga- 
ment in the spring, and Paul broke an ankle in 
September. Bette is senior director of business 
development at Schering Plough for the U.S. 
as well as foreign markets. Paul's voice-over 
work continues to expand, and he has done 
national spots for Pillsbury, Life magazine, and 
Bell Atlantic. Paul and Bette can be reached at 
67 Candace Ln., Chatham 07928. 

Joan M. Ruffle continues to work at the 
Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa. She 
was recently promoted to associate professor 
of clinical anesthesia at Penn State. Joan can be 
reached at 1132 Draymore Ct., Hummelstown, 
Pa. 17036. 


The newly elected class officers are David 
Chichester, president, c/o Red Roof Inns 

Paul G. Farrell. Falmouth. Mass.. has been 
named a trustee of the Massachusetts Bar 
Foundation. Paul is a partner 111 the firm of 
Paul G. Farrell and Associates. 

John Hammett is president of the Safety 
Speed Cut in Anoka, Minn. He lives in Chan- 


hassen, Minn., with his wife.Carri (San Fran- 
cisco State University '75), and their three 

Peter McMenamin became director of 
health policy development for the American 
Medical Association in September. His primary 
office is m the AMA's Washington. D.C., build- 
ing. He can be reached at 

Glenn S. Orton received NASA's Out- 
standing Scientific Achievement Medal for his 
work describing the conditions on Jupiter, 
where the Galileo probe entered the atmos- 
phere. He remains busy with the orbited por- 
tion of the mission, now extended through 
the end of 1909. Glenn can be reached at 949 
Monte Verde Dr., Arcadia, Calif. 91007. 


Kenneth S. Cohen was appointed to a three- 
year term on a federal commission that advises 
the Secretary of Labor and Congress on retire- 
ment and health-care issues. The fifteen mem- 
ber Advisory Council on Employee Welltare 
and Pension Benefit Plans is currently holding 
hearings on the use of soft-dollar compensation 
by pension investment managers, investments 
111 employer securities by 401 (k) plans, and the 
decline ot defined- benefit pension plans. Ken 
chairs the working group on defined-benefit 
plans. The advisory council expected to make 
its recommendations to Secretary of Labor 
Alexis Herman and Congress by the end ot 
1997. Ken is a senior vice president at Mass- 
Mutual, and his daughter, Dara '01 , is a fresh- 
man at Brown. He can be reached at 59 
Woodlot Rd., Amherst, Mass. 01002; kcohen 
• a 111 

Elie Hirschfeld, New York City, and his 
w ife, Susan, announce the birth of Benjamin 
on Aug. 14. "Everyone is happy and healthy," 
Elie \\ rites. 


The newly elected class officers are George 
Billings, president. 1101 King St., # 601. 
Alexandria, Va. 22314,(703) 5 18-51 So; Charles 
Gross, set rct.u v; Joan Wernig Sorensen, 
treasurer; Joseph Mittleman, annual giving 

I hair; Don Stanford, events coordinator; 
Oliver Cromwell, vice president, east region; 
Terry Plochman, vice president, midwest 
region; and Mark Blumenkranz, vice presi- 
dent, west region. 

Harriet Hanzel Cole writes: "Our 
daughter Lisa '99 is spending the fall semester 
studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. 
( >ur daughter Be( k\ is a first-year student at 
li 11 11 in]. We are trying to adjust to our empty 
nest, bin it's aw fully quiet! Alan '73, '76 M.D. 
is looking forward to his 25th reunion." Har- 

I I 1 and Alan can be reached at 35 Eliot Hill 
Rd.. Natick, Mass. 01760. 

Victor De Gruttola was named a fellow 
ol the American Statistic il Association 111 
August. I le is .1 professor of biostatistics at 


Penny Wise 

Save money, be happy 

It sounds simple enough, but Victoria Robin's 
message - to spend less and save more to 
enjoy the things you hold dear - can be a 
tough sell. Knowing that many people find it 
difficult to scale back their lifestyles, Robin 
and her co-author, the late Joe Dominguez, 
published Your Money or Your Life, a "guide 
to voluntary simplicity," in 1992. Their nine- 
step program for getting out of debt, achiev- 
ing financial independence through frugality, 
and stashing away money in government- 
insured bonds has since sold more than 
600,000 copies. 

"It's about common sense, not depriva- 
tion," Robin says. "We are teaching people 
to become more aware of their spending 
habits and values." Robin practices what she 
preaches. She shares a home with several 
people, drives a 1984 Toyota Tercel, and lives 
off the interest from her bonds. "People are 
beginning to realize life can be too complex," 
she contends. "They have too much, they do 
too much, and they know too many people." 

Your Money or Your Life, which has been 
translated into several foreign languages, 
asks readers to make an honest comparison 


between what 
they've earned 
and what their 
money has 

purchased for them, both physically and spir- 
itually. The book dispenses practical how-to 
advice on living below your means, getting 
out of debt, and maintaining a detailed 
budget of your expenses while keeping the 
most important question clearly in focus: 
Is your level of satisfaction proportional to 
your investments of time and money? 

"It's about gaining control of your life 
and finding out what is most important to 
you," Robin says. "Many people are discov- 
ering that they've been buying material 
things to fill immaterial needs." 

The book's success has presented Robin 
with another opportunity to put her money 
where her mouth is. She has established the 
New Road Map Foundation, staffed by vol- 
unteers who have achieved financial inde- 
pendence through Your Money or Your Life. 
The foundation awards grants of $500 to 
$2,000 to organizations that promote sus- 
tainability and frugality. "We already had 
enough," Robin says. "We want to give back 
to organizations that are helping scale back 
consumption." - Richard P. Morin 

the Harvard School of Public Health. 


th Reunion 

Save the dates May 22-25. This is it - our 
25th! This is the once-in-a-lifetime reunion. 
our biggest and best, but only if you are there 
to celebrate with us. You should have received 
the fall reunion mailing. If not. please contact 
reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947. We 
look forward to seeing you in May. 

Janet Adams and Barry Johnson gut 
together with Peter Ma (aTougaloo College 
exchange student in 1974) 111 Portland, Oreg., 
this September. I hex hail not seen each other 
in more than twenty years and had a lot ot 
catching up to do. A good time was had by 
all. Peter and Janet live 111 Silver Spring, Md.. 
while Barry lives 111 Portland. Janet can be 
reac lied at 13717 Mills Ave., Silver Spring 20904. 

Eric Buermann has been re-elected 
chairman ol the board ol trustees of Ransom 

Everglades School in Miami. Eric, an attorney, 
is also involved 111 real estate and banking. He 
serves 111 Tallahassee as vice chairman and 
commissioner for the Florida Elections Com- 
mission and lives 111 Miami with his wife and 
two daughters. 

Charles C. Goetsch is a partner 111 the 
New Haven law firm of Cahill and Goetsch, 
where he specializes in civil trials and appeals 
in the federal courts of Connecticut and New 
York. Earlier this year Charles argued a case 
before the United States Supreme Court on 
behalf of the "Snowmen of Grand Central 
Terminal." a group of railroad workers who 
were exposed to massive amounts ot asbestos 
while working in the tunnels beneath Grand 
Central Terminal. Charles and his wife, Cecilia 
C. Motfitt. have two children: Benjamin, H>. 
ami Megan. 10. They can be reached at 39 
Round Hill Rd.,Woodbridge, Conn. 06525. 

Deborah Mayhew (see John W. May- 
hew '48). 

Mark G. Rovzar lives m Warwick, R.L, 

r> 4 • 1 \ \ 1 a r > 11 11 R 1 ,\ in 19 1) 8 

with his wife, Judy, and sons Alex, is. and Max, 
13. Mark writes: "Life for the past ten years or 
so has centered around the boys' hockey and 
golf. And. of course, our jobs! I look forward 
to the 25th reunion." Mark can be reached at 74 
Balcom Ave., Warwick 02889; 


Ken Field spent September as an invited resi- 
dent in music composition at the Ucross Foun- 
dation in Wyoming. He is working on a CD 
of saxophone quartets, which will follow his 
first solo release, Subterranea. Ken and his wife, 
Karen Aqua (RISD '76). will be in residence 
at Alfred University in New York this spring. 
Ken's Web site is 
Joseph T. Grause Jr. cofounded Cypress 
Holding Co. in November 1995. "CHC is a 
mutual fund, investment management company 
with $1.5 billion under management," Joseph 
writes. "There is life after Fidelity!" His children 
are: Joseph, 16; John, 13: and Alex, 11. Joseph 
can be reached at 29 Windsor Rd., Needham. 
Mass. 02192. 


John Copenhaver was appointed by Presi- 
dent Clinton to direct the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency's regional oft ice in 
Atlanta. John is responsible for administering a 
variety of federal emergency-preparedness. 
prevention, and disaster-recovery programs for 
eight states. Prior to joining FEMA, (ohn was 
adviser for the worldwide crisis response team 
at IBM Business Recovery Services. John and 
his wife, Lynn, live in Marietta, Ga. 

David Given is a general partner at Key 
Equity Capital, which invests in privately 
owned manufacturing businesses. David and 
his wife. Julie, keep busy with the activities of 
their n -year-old son, Rory. "We are in peri- 
odic, but not frequent enough, contact with 
classmates John Cangemi, Pete Chelovich. 
Jerry Gilligan.Jim Madich, Bob Mueller, 
GregVezzosi '76, and Jim Love '7X.We are 
committed Cleveland hockey parents with 
fellow alums Susan Crooks Neville '71 and 
Jim Malgieri '74 and his wife, Wendy Ternes 
Malgieri '74. We are also enjoying friendship 
with three fellow hockey alumni who recently 
moved to Cleveland: Michel Bayard '88, 
Kevin Lovitt Si, and Derek Chauvette '93. 
We're looking forward to the 25th reunion in 
the new millennium!'' David can be reached 
at 19115 Shaker Blvd.. Shaker Heights. Ohio 

Timothy D. Miller writes: "I now haw 
two daughters: Ehse. X, and ( Turc. 4. I am still 
practicing small-animal veterinary medicine at 
my 1 lime in Arlington. Tex. My family and I 
trawl to Maine each summer and would love 
to contact John Rosenberg, Susie Kaye, or 
other Brown alumni while in New England." 
Timothy can be reached at 4N2N Meadow- 
brook Dr.. Fort Worth. Tex. 76103. 

Joanne Polayes-Wien writes: "Aileen 
Lum Murphy, Susan Schlamb Carroll. 
Valerie Underwood, and I got together for a 
belated 20th reunion in June 1996 in Port- 
land. Oreg. A wonderful time was had by all. 
I'm still enjoying living 111 Seattle, especially 
during the summer when I try to cram in as 
much hiking, biking, gardening, and other 
outdoor activities as possible. My husband, 
Perry, and I bought mountain bikes this year 
and have been exploring new places to use 
them." Joanne still works at the Washington 
Department of Geology 111 the toxics cleanup 
program and can be reached at 1600 Warren 
Ave. N., Seattle 9X109: jpol461@ecy.wa. gov. 

Michael Schmit is deputy executive 
director of the Pennsylvania Came Commis- 
sion, a state wildlife management agency. He 
can be reached at RD2. Box 2065, Fleetwood, 
Pa. [9522. 


A Powerful Precedent: At a swearing-in 
ceremony in Providence on November 13, 
0. Rogeriee Thompson '73 became the 
first black woman justice of the Rhode 
Island Superior Court. Thompson, a former 
District Court judge, told the crowd: "I 
accept [this] place in history with pride and 
with honor, but . . . the fact that I am the 
only one means we have work yet to do 
[in] broadening the scope of the bench." 

Richard Smith has been teaching psychol- 
ogy at the University ot Kentucky since 1990. 
He and his wife, Sung Hee Kim, have two 
daughters: Rosanna, 9. and Caroline, 5. Richard 
can be reached at 2996 Runnymeade Way, 
1 exmgton, Ky. 40503: 

Neil D. Steinberg lives in Pawtucket, 
R.I. .with his wife. Genie Shao '77, and then- 
sons Jason, 12, and Eric, 9. Neil is an executive 
vice president at Fleet Bank and continues to 
run competitively. Neil and Genie can be 
reached at 46 Roberta Ave., Pawtucket 02X60. 

Mark Weston's play The L.i<l Man in 
Europe, about George Orwell, was performed 
by Broadway actor Michael Allinson at the 
English Speaking Union in New York City on 
Nov. 4. Mark is finishing the last chapter of 
his second book. Giants oj lapan:The Stories qj 
Japan's Greatest Men and Women. He can be 
reached at P.O. Box 892,Armonk, N.Y. 10504. 

Scott Wolf is 111 his third year as execu- 
tive director of The "97 Project, an issue- 
education and grassroots lobbying organization. 
"( )ur principal mission is to move public opin- 
ion and national legislation 111 a more progres 
sive direction," Scott writes. "This job has 
made my wife, Joyce, and me experts about 
the phenomenon of commuter marriages, 
since we are dividing our time between Wash- 

ington. D.C., and Providence." Scott can be 
reached at 70 President Ave.. Providence 02906; 

Michael Young was appointed acting 
president and CEO ofJAMS-Endispute, the 
largest provider of alternative dispute resolu- 
tion services 111 the country. Michael is also a 
mediator and arbitrator with the same firm. 
He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. with his wife, 
Debra Raskin, also an attorney, and their chil- 
dren Isaac, 16, and Dara, 12. Michael cm be 
reached at 295 St. John PI., #6A, Brooklyn 
1 1238; 


Barbara Dooley, Reston.Va., is executive 
director of the world's largest international 
trade association for Internet service providers. 
She married John Lyons, a senior correspon- 
dent with the ABC Radio Network, and the 
couple is trying to end the NewYork-to- 
Washmgton, DC, commute. Barbara would 
be happy to hear from classmates at (703) 709- 

Wendy Mason-Hummel is taking a 
sabbatical from a career in health-care admin- 
istration to raise sons Mark, 10, and Scott, X, 
and daughter Mackenzie, 4. "Becoming mi 
expert on early childhood education, multiple 
scheduling, and the mmivan is a must," writes 
Wendy. "A recent white-water river ratting 
trip in Chile was the highlight of interna- 
tional travel. I would love to catch up with 
old friends, so come visit sunny San Diego." 
She can be reached at 1423s Primrose Ct., 
Poway, Calif. 92064; 

Anna Bobiak Nagurney 'No Sc.M., '83 
Ph.D. has co-authored Financial Networks: Stat- 
ics and Dynamics (Springer- Veiiag). The book 
presents a new theory ot multi-sector, multi- 
instrument financial systems based on the 
visualization of systems such as networks. 
Anna is 3 professor in the Department of 
Finance and Operations Management at the 
University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 

John Henry Pitts Jr. writes: "I have 
relocated to Boston after (too) many years in 
Houston. The business opportunities for my 
company, Pharr Capital I )evelopment, are the 
reason for the move. I really enjoyed seeing 
Kathy Garrett and Lonnie Berry at our 
reunion. Arlene, Cece, and Sharon, where 
were you?" John encourages friends to get 111 
touch with him at 505 Paradise Rd.,#2Il, 
Swampscott, Mass. 01907; (7X1) 599-8274. 

Charlie Walker was appointed advisory 
director, private equity, at Hambrecht & Quist 
in San Francisco. Formerly Charlie was diret - 
tor of Allstate Insurance Co.'s project finance 
unit 111 Northbrook. 111. He can be reached at 


I he newly elected class officers are Ann Gal- 
ligan, co-president, 15 Cole Ave., Providence 

B DOWN A I U M N I M A G A Z I N 1 • 6 5 


Singin' on the Range 

A cowboy crooner with academic roots 

Skip Gorman figures fellow alumni will get a 
kick out of his lifestyle. Though he is neither 
the first nor the most famous musician to 
emerge from the Van Wickle Gates, Gorman 
is an original: a cowboy singer with deep 
roots in academe. 

"I've been involved in traditional folk 
music my whole life," Gorman explains. At 
Brown he combined his knowledge of history 
and folk tradition with Spanish and anthro- 
pology for an independent concentration in 
Latin American studies. Gorman, who plays 
the fiddle, mandolin, and guitar, believes that 
studying music is "a great way to study his- 
tory and ethnicity. It forces you to have both 
your eyes and ears open." 

Following graduation, Gorman spent a 
summer in Ireland researching traditional fid- 
dle styles and the Celtic roots of American folk 
music. "Playing with musicians in the British 

Isles gave me a chance to see where American 
folk music was really coming from. I was in 
the thick of the folk revival." His passion for 
history led to graduate studies in Latin Ameri- 
can history at the University of Utah, where 
his interests in cowboy music and the Ameri- 
can West flowered. 

After teaching history and Spanish at Suf- 
field Academy in Connecticut and the Tilton 
School in New Hampshire, Gorman devoted 
himself full-time to music five years ago. Under 
a contract with Rounder Records, he has 
released two albums and has a third, Rough 
Riders' Refrain, in the works. Critics have 
gushed about Gorman's "leather-real" voice 
and "lulling and lonely" fiddle, and his music 

has been featured on Prairie Home Compan- 
ion as well as in two of Ken Burns's television 
documentaries, Baseball and Lewis and Clark. 

Not only does Gorman count Burns and 
Garrison Keillor among his fans, he has also 
forged friendships with Paul Fees '76 A.M. ,'82 
Ph.D., the senior curator at the Buffalo Bill 
Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. ("He es- 
corts me through their vaults," says a grateful 

Gorman splits his time between a 41,000- 
acre ranch in Wyoming, where he is involved 
in re-creating the cattle drives of the 1800s, 
and a 200-year-old farmhouse in New Hamp- 
shire. "My lifestyle is not for everyone," he 
says, "but it's really what I've always wanted 
to do." 

Although Gorman is busy performing 
around the world, he always has time to give 
an impromptu history lesson. "Did you know 
that much of cowboy lingo is derived from 
Spanish?" he asks, the excitement rising in his 
voice. "Like 'buckaroo' is from the Spanish 
word for cowboy, vaquero. This is fascinating 
stuff!" - Torri Still 

02906,(617) 373-3439: Mark Druy. co-presi- 
dent, 38 Bonad Rd., Arlington, Mass. 02174, 
(617) 641-1957 or (781) 890-0018, mardruy(g!; Nancy Lewis Nichols and Allyson 
Davis Hicks, co-secretaries; John L. Sherry 
and Janie Weinberg, co-treasurers; Josh 
Fidler and Genine Macks Fidler. annual 
giving coordinators; Debbie Chick. Gerry 
Massa. and John Bouda, events coordinators; 
Cheryl Lopes and Cindy Flowers, program 
chairs; and Mark Hauser.Web master. 

Rodney L. Lofton has been appointed 
leader of the advanced international space sta- 
tion engineering and technology development 
office at NASA's Johnson Space Center. He is 
responsible for the development and execu- 
tion of station risk-mitigation experiments 
performed on the Russian Mir space station 
Rodney can be reached at 3914 Quiet Knoll 
tit., I louston 77059. 

Matthew R. Mock. Berkeley, Calif., is 

in 1 of family, youth, and children's services 

and systemwide multicultural-services coordi- 
natoi tin the city of Berkeley's Mental Health 
I (ivision. I lis program received a Family Ther- 
apy Network. Innovations in Training award 
this year 

Randall J. Sunshine works for the law 

firm of Liner. Yankelevitz, Sunshine, Wemhart, 
Riley & Regenstreif in Santa Monica, Calif. 


th Reunion 

Make your plans now to return to campus for 
our 20th reunion on the weekend of May 
22-25. S ave the dates for gala times, renewed 
friendships, and joyful reminiscing. Please 
contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863- 
1947 it you did not receive a tall mailing. 

Vivian Comer and her sons, Owen. 9, 
and Ellis, 6, have moved to England, where 
Vivian is class one teacher at the Michael House 
Rudolf Sterner School. (She will move up 
with the class until they graduate from eighth 
grade in 2005.) Owen is in third grade, and 
Ellis is in kindergarten. In 1993, Vivian left the 
FD1C legal division, where she had headed 
the bankruptcy section since 1985. She would 
love to hear from friends living or traveling 111 
England. She can be reached at 21 Lee Ln.. 
I angley, Heanor, Derbyshire DE75 7HN. 
U.K.; (01773) 7I4 X °7- 

Abby J. Cohen and her husband. Jeff 
Sandler (University ofTexas),"are thrilled to 
announce the long-awaited arrival ot Jesse 

Sage, on Sept. 26." He joins his big sister, 
Maya, who is in first grade. Abby left the Child 
Care Law Center of San Francisco in May, 
after working on a range of child-care legal 
issues tor more than fourteen years as manag- 
ing attorney (seven of which she also spent as 
executive director). "I'm now working on my 
own as a child care law and policy consultant." 
Abby writes, "and I recently completed a pro- 
ject focused on improving the quality of child 
care offered under welfare reform." Jeff, who 
maintains a private psychiatry practice in San 
Francisco, finished his analytic training last 
year. "We are looking forward to attending 
the reunion and hope our friends will try to 
come. I keep reading about all of Providence's 
changes and am eager to see for myself." Abby 
can be reached at 

Jeffrey G. Freudberg and Suzanne 
Oesterreicher announce the birth of Jeremy 
and Rose Freudberg on Jan. 10,1997. They 
can be reached at 102 Clark St.. Newton 
Center, Mass. 02159. 

David Hahn.a composer, completed 
Zoological Bagatelles, a work for mandolin and 
guitar. It premiered 111 Nashville 111 November 
at the National Convention of Classical Man- 
dohmsts and is scheduled to be published by 


Plucked String Editions. David can be reached 
at 10027 31st Ave., NE, Seattle 98125. 

Robert E. Feldman has been appointed 
executive secretary ot the FDIC. Robert, a 
seventeen-year FDIC veteran, had been deputy 
executive secretary since May 198S. He lives 
in Annandale.Va., with his wife, Peggy Jo, and 
their two daughters. Amy and Laurie. 

Don Share has been named contributing 
editor ot Partisan Review. His translation ot the 
selected poems of Miguel Hernandez, 1 Have 
Lots of Heart (Bloodaxe Books), was published 
111 June. In the upcoming year, he will have 
two more books published: Seneca in English 
and Lorca in English, both from Penguin. He 
would love to hear fromYash. Don can be 
reached at 


A Picture's Worth: Still I Rise: A Cartoon 
History of African Americans, by Roland 
Owen Laird Jr. '82 and his wife, Taneshia 
Nash Laird, was featured as a "Book of 
the Month" on W.W. Norton's Web site, The Lairds "pull no 
punches as they confront the betrayals and 
murderous deprivations faced by black 
people in both the North and South," Nor- 
ton's reviewer said. The couple has started 
their own business, Posro Media, in Edison, 
New Jersey. 


Neil and Beth Evans Mufson announce the 
arrival of Charles Jae Jung Mufson from Seoul, 
South Korea, on Aug. 7. Charlie was born on 
March 8, 1997. He joins big sister Amelia, 2 'A. 
The family lives in Easton, Md., where Neil is 
headmaster of the Country School. 


Eric R. Albert is still constructing crossword 
puzzles for a living. He can be reached at 14 
Hancock St., Auburndale, Mass. 02166. 

Andrea Estepa co-edited Starting with I 
(Persea Books). The book, which includes a 
foreword by Edwidge Danticat '93 M.F.A.. 
is a collection of teenagers' personal essays about 
such issues as violence, racism, and parenting. 


John E. Bauinan and his wife, Jill, announce 
the birth of their first child, Isabelle Anthony. 
"Her middle name is the family name of my 
mother. Adele Anthony '49. It also belonged 
to my grandfather. Elijah Anthony '18," John 

writes. "I continue to work as a literary agent 
111 the entertainment industry at the Gersh 
Agency in Beverly Hills, and in that capacity 
am in touch with many illustrious Brown 
grads. 1 am always open to meeting fellow 
alums who are looking to break in." John can 
be reached at 9367 Airdrome St., Los Angeles 

Scott R. Dumont joined General 
Investment &: Development Co. (GID) in 
Boston as senior vice president for residential 
operations. He has operating responsibility for 
GID's forfy-hve residential properties in six- 
teen states. Previously, Scott was president of 
Chatham Management, a Boston-based real 
estate management company. 

Anita E. Flax and Charles A. Moore III 
announce the birth of their fourth child and 
second daughter, Rachel Hope Moore, on 
Nov. 4, 1996. Their other children are Sara, 5, 
Spencer, 4, and Carson, 2. Anita can be reached 
at 40 Glen Ave., Cranston, R.I. 02905. 

Victoria Kaprielian is still living happily 
in Durham, N.C. She is director of predoctoral 
education and faculty development for the 
Department of Community and Family Med- 
icine at Duke Medical Center. Victoria writes: 
"In my all-too-limited spare time I take care 
of my two feline 'children' and my wonderful 
house in the woods. Plenty of room for old 
friends visiting the Triangle." She can be reached 
at 7106 Calais Dr., Durham 27712. 

Tom Kong and Gloria Lau were married 
on Oct.5 in San Francisco. Peter Anderson, 
who sent this note, was best man. Eli Avila 
'86 M.D., George Kong, Rolf von Widen- 
felt '83, and Amy Costa Migdal '87 scaled 
the hilly San Francisco terrain to the church 
and, following the pronouncement of "hus- 
band and wife," were treated to a traditional 
eight-course Chinese banquet. Congratula- 
tions and words of wisdom can be sent to 
Tom and Gloria at 

Kevin Lovitt (see David Given '75). 

Marty Nemzow has written several new 
books, including ISDN Sourcebook, and two 
Internet thrillers: Building Cyherstore and Web 
I "idea Complete. He lives in Miami Beach and 
can be reached at 

Pamela C. Scott married Phil Balshi, an 
Andover classmate. Pam is a partner in the 
human-resources consulting division of Coop- 
ers & Lybrand, and her husband is a creative 
consultant to Young & Rubicam, the New 
York-based advertising agency. They live in 
New York City and can be reached at 

Irene Sinrich Sudac and Mark Sudac 
(Boston University '84) announce the birth of 
Helene Renee on July 20. Helene joins older 
brother Marcus, who turned 3 in December. 
Irene writes: "I am back to work full-time 
and continue my involvement with Brown as 
treasurer of the BAA." She can be reached at 
297 Stamford Ave., Stamford, Conn. 06902; 

David E.Torrence writes: "I'm happily 
divorced and teaching social studies in East 
Cleveland (Ohio) city schools. I'm also coach- 

ing women's basketball, which is surprisingly 
fun. I would love to hear from any of the old 
gang from the classses of 1978 through 19S4. 
or any of my former 'slaves' from the 'College 
Hell' Travel days." David can be reached at 
2622 E. 130th St., Cleveland 44120: detorrence 


The newly elected class officers include Eric 
Moscahlaidis, president, 4700 Northern Blvd., 
Long Island City, N.Y moi; (718) 729-9000. 

Roger Baumgarten and Barrett Sheri- 
dan announce the birth of Thomas Wright 
Baumgarten on Sept. 11. Alex, 2/4, is thrilled 
to be the big brother in the house. Barrett 
took a leave from her job as assistant consumer 
advocate in the Pennsylvania Attorney Gen- 
eral's Office, but she had planned to return by 
the end ot 1997. Roger continues as press sec- 
retary for the Pennsylvania Department of 
Corrections. They can be reached at 3812 
Chippenham Rd., Mechanicsburg, Pa. 17055; 

Sharlene W. Graham Lassiter writes: 
"This year has been very good to me and my 
children Lindsey, 4, and Ellery, 2. I was pro- 
moted to lull professor of law and awarded 
tenure at Salmon P. Chase College of Law, 
Northern Kentucky University. Everything 
looks better when you have the job security 
tenure provides." Sharlene can be reached at 


Inn-Roads: The Wall Street Journal profiled 
Barry S. Sternlicht '82 and his "rise from 
business school to hotel mogul in just a 
decade." In September, Sternlicht's Star- 
wood Lodging Trust acquired Westin Hotels 
and Resorts, cementing his position as 
"one of the nation's most prolific hotel buy- 
ers." By November he was making head- 
lines with a blockbuster $13.7 billion friendly 
takeover of the ITT Corporation, whose 
Sheraton Hotels and Caesar's World casinos 
were also sought by Hilton Hotels. 

James K. Sams was elected partner at 
KPMCi Peat Marwick. James, who joined the 
firm 111 1993, works m the Washington national 
tax practice, international services area, at 
KPMG's Washington, DC, office. He lives 111 
Chevy Chase, Md., with his wife, Lisa, and 
their children, Claire Najla and James Khalil. 

Sharon Cornu Toney and her husband. 
Mark, moved to Oakland, Calif., 111 1995 with 
Isaiah, 7, and Benjamin, 5. Mark is organizing 
while working on a Ph.D. at Berkeley. Sharon 


does political organizing with labor unions. 
"We'd love to hear from friends - especially 
those who aren't 'the BAM type'- in the Bay 
Area.'' Sharon writes. She can be reached at 3514 
California St.. I Xikland 94619; 

John M. Townes married Helen Kirschner 
(Mount Holyoke '89) in Portland, Oreg., last 
May. After a three-week honeymoon to Italy, 
they relocated to Nashville. Tenn., where they 
are both working torVanderbilt University. 
John is completing a one-year clinical fellowship 
in infectious diseases and reports that, in their 
little spare time, he and his wite spend time 
hiking and camping with Phmeas (a labrador) 
and Poppy (a whippet). 

K.j.a. Wishnia published 2} Slnides of 
Black (Imaginary Press). He teaches writing at 
Queens College and SUNY-Stony Brook. 

1983 IS 

th Reunion 

Save the dates May 22-25! Our 15th reunion 
is fast approaching, and your committee has 
put some great plans in place. Come back and 
share the weekend with old and new friends. 
Come see the Providence you have been 
reading about in the NewYork Times. Watch 
your mail for reunion news. If you did not 


PARIS, 16th Arr. Large 1 -bedroom apartment. 
Totally furnished. $2,300 per month. (617) 



Graduates and faculty of the Ivies and Seven Sisters 
meet alumni and academics. THE RIGHT STUFF. 

MAN, between the ages of 47-60 who loves life 
and can laugh at yourself, I would like to meet you. 
I am upper 40's with a Ph.D., slender, shapely, and 
sultry, with a big heart and zest for life. Reply to 
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receive your fall mailing, please contact 
reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947. 

Dexter E. Arrington practices obstetrics 
and gynecology in Chicago at the Southwest 
Center for Women's Health. He can be reached 
at 416 E. North Water St., Chicago 60611; 

Jonathan M. GutofF joined Roger 
Williams University School of Law, Bristol, 
R.I., as an assistant professor of law. His areas 
of expertise are federal, jurisdiction, remedies, 
and admiralty. For the past two years Jonathan 
taught atTulane University Law School. 

Laura Haynes and her husband, Robert 
Collector, announce the birth of Graham 
Wiley Collector on Sept. 8. Graham joins 
brother John, 6, and sister Lizzie, 10. Friends 
can reach Laura at 660 Oak Springs Ln., 
Montecito, Calif. 9310S; (805) 969-5468. 

Carl Spitzer is taking a six-month sab- 
batical from his emergency-medicine practice 
in San Francisco to contemplate a career in 
the environmental held. "My wife, Karen 
Goldberg, our sixteen-month-old daughter, 
Zoe, and I will be sailing the eastern Caribbean 
on our catamaran. Blue Moon, leaving Tortola, 
BVI, in early December," Carl writes. He 
would love to hear from friends via e-mail at 

NEW ZEALAND. Trout fishing paradise on Lake 
Taupo. quiet resort village. (401) 434-1071. 

PROVENCE. Charming 4-bedroom. 2-bath village 
house. Fireplace, antiques, terrace, garden. Small 
wine town near Avignon. (415) 536-2656. 

PROVENCE. Delightful, roomy farmhouse. 
Roman/medieval town. (860) 672-6608. 

PROVENCE. Lovely hilltop village home in 
Luberon. Beautiful views. Pool. Sleeps 4. (847) 869- 

ROME. ITALY. 18th-century country villa. Spec- 
tacular views. Featured in Gourmet magazine. (609) 

SOUTHERN SPAIN. Mountain farm, halt-hour 
from Mediterranean. 60-foot pool, horses, glorious 
scenery. Cottage and three studio apartments, trom 
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ST. MAARTEN. Small, private, creamy pink villas 
on the sea. Secluded snorkelmg.Tahitian gardens. 
1-3 bedrooms. Maria Licari, (800) 942-6725. 

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tage. Renovated. 2 bedrooms. 2 baths. A.W. Bates. 
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Our reunion is only two years away. Please 
contact Darcy Travlos with your news so we 
can pull together ideas, suggestions, and vol- 
unteers for our 15th. Darcy has moved to 
Paris with her husband, Chad, after spending a 
grueling summer at Middlebury College 
attempting to gain some language skills. They 
live right by the Eiffel Tower and welcome 
visitors. Darcy can be reached at 1, rue du 
Capitaine Scott, 75015 Paris, France; (33)1-45- 

Fred Brodie and Donna Van Alst adopted 
Rafael Irwin Brodie in Guatemala last June. 
Rafael was born Oct. 26, 1996, and "is a happy 
little guy - energetic and quite active," Fred 
reports. Donna received her M.S.W from the 
Rutgers School of Social Work in May. Fred is 
a litigation partner at Winthrop Stimson Put- 
nam & Roberts in NewYork City. They can 
be reached at (home); (work). 

Sue Gulliver Carlson lives in Greenwich, 
Conn., with her husband, Peter, and two chil- 
dren: Scott. 2 '2, and Porter, born in December 
1996. Sue is enjoying motherhood, watching 
Scott learn left from right, and experiencing 
Porter's first year. Sue would love to hear from 
classmates and can be reached at 9 Pilot Rock 
Ln., Riverside, Conn. 06878, (203) 637-9141. 

Kirsten Duckett writes:"! have finally 
moved to Asia. I am now living and working 
just south of Seoul, South Korea, and I expect 
to be here for at least two years. I teach Eng- 
lish at Samsung's HR Development Center, 
which provides beautiful surroundings and an 
intense professional challenge. I am very 
happy to be working full-time after so many 
years of under-employment in Europe. My 
husband is now taking a turn at being the 
supportive rather than the supporting spouse. 
I welcome contact with old friends. By the 
way, if any of you are interested in where I 
am. just look at the cover of the April '96 
B.LU.That is a picture of the bedroom com- 
munity where I now live!" Kirsten can be 
reached c/o Samsung HRDC, 12-21 Kasil-Ri. 
Pokok-Myun.Yongin City, Kyongki-Do, South 
Korea 449-810; 

Kevin Gaynor is a public defender in 
Old Town Alexandna.Va. He was married in 
1 992 to Barb, whom he met in law school. 
They live with their dog. Maddie, and two cats, 
Calvin and Hobbes. Kevin can be reached at 
Kevgaynor@aol .com. 

Rodanthe Nichols Hanrahan has been 
living in Asia for several years, the last two near 
Beijing. She previously lived in Hong Kong, 
where she returned this fall with her husband, 
Paul; daughter, Kaley, 4; and newborn son. 
Chris. Rodanthe reports that life in Beijing is 
"a little slower-paced" than life in Hong Kong 
and that "the locals are very interesting and 
friendly and the expats a hearty bunch. Paul 
and I both learned to speak conversational 
Mandarin, and it's really a hoot to hear us talk." 
Rodanthe can be reached at hanrahan@iuol. 

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I A N \ \ R ] FEBRUARY I ' ) ' 1 8 



Easing the 



Helping women inmates re-enter 

F* '* 

the real world 

Judith Fox estimates that roughly 90 percent 


of the women who enter Rhode Island's 

Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston 


have an underlying drug addiction or men- 

womeiI m Y 


tal health issue. "If these women have any 
chance of succeeding when they are 

Gloria DiSa |j| 'Idg 




released from prison," she says, "it's not 


going to happen overnight." What they 

munity services," she says. "There just 

need, she says, is a middle ground to help 

aren't a sufficient number to meet these 

them change years of negative behavior 

women's needs." According to Fox, because 


women tend to commit nonviolent crimes, 

As coordinator of a prison program that 

their sentences are relatively short, so they 

matched inmates with volunteer mentors. 

move in and out of prison quickly. "Also," 

Fox realized that female inmates' needs 

she adds, "men more frequently have a 

were different from those of their male 

home to return to after being released. 

counterparts. This was especially true for 

while women have to establish their own 

transition issues. So Fox and her colleagues 

lomes right away." 

decided to develop a new program that 

Although the primary purpose of 

would focus solely on the transitional needs 

Women in Transition is to help the female 

of female prisoners. 

)rison population, an additional mission is 

The two-year-old Women in Transition 

community education. "So many of these 

program she helped establish addresses 

women have suffered abuse and need emo- 

issues that affect women disproportionately, 

ional support," Fox says, "but most people 

such as intermediate housing, drug addic- 

lave only a stereotypical image of a female 

tion, mental illness, parenting, and job 

prisoner based on what they've seen on TV. 

counseling. "Women in Transition tries to 

t's this image that we're trying to change." 

bridge the gaps between pre-existing com- 

- Torri Still 

Scott Harris has been living in Luxem- 
bourg for two years, working as director of 
finance for AlliedSignal Catalysts just over the 
border in Florange. France. He and his wife. 
Gigi, have two daughters: Katie, \Vz, who is 
finishing her first year at the American School 
of Luxembourg, and Julie, 2. Gigi is active at 
the school and with the women's club of 
Luxembourg. They recently visited Erik 
Holm-Olsen and his wife, Anne, in Dar Es 
Salaam, Tanzania, where Erik works for USIA. 
Scott can be reached at 

Susan S. Klawans was promoted to pro- 
ject executive in Gilbane Construction Co.'s 
Boston office. She began her construction 
career in 1984, when she joined Gilbane as 

management trainee, and has since been an 
assistant engineer, superintendent, and project 

Ken McGraw became a new father 
when Alexandra Lindsey was born July 29. He 
reports that he, Lisa, and Alexandra are all 
doing great. 

Elizabeth Wolfe Morrison and Sean 
Morrison '86 announce the birth of Corey 
Adam on May 2. He joins Kyle, 4. Elizabeth is 
an associate professor ot management and 
organizational behavior at New York University, 
and Sean is an assistant professor of geriatrics 
and medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical 
Center in New York City. They can be reached 
at (212) 995-0548; emornso@stern. 

Sheila McCann Morrison has a one- 
year-old son, Gavin. She has been in Costa Rica 
for six years and manages Dole's vegetable oper- 
ations. Sheila writes: "I wear sunscreen every 
day because my old Brown roommate, Rose- 
lyn Epps, a dermatologist in Washington, D.C., 
reminds me every time I hear from her." Sheila, 
her husband, Bob, and Gavin welcome visitors 
and can be reached at 

Mike Olsen is happy in his new position 
at Roberston, Stephens & Co. in San Fran- 
cisco, where he helps develop the convertible- 
securities department. 

Simone Ravicz had a son, Rio, last 
November. She finished her Ph.D. in clinical 
psychology and will complete her residency at 
Cedars Sinai Hospital in July. She plans to work 
part-time until she takes the oral exam 111 Jan- 
uary. Simone would love to hear from class- 
mates at or (619) 452-6934. 

James M. Slayton writes: "After finishing 
an M.B.A. at Harvard in June, I have begun 
my post as director of ambulatory services. 
Department of Psychiatry, at the Cambridge 
Public Health Commission. With the support 
and assistance of the Brown University chap- 
lain, my partner (Phillip Hernandez) and I 
recently led a successful campaign to persuade 
the Harvard Board ot Ministry to allow same- 
gender blessing services in Memorial Church. 
Recently we visited with Eileen Brucken- 
thal Roush and Edward Flinchem '85. We 
send a special warm welcome to those from 
Poland House, Unit 2 (1980-81), and our class- 
mates from West Quad." James can be reached 
at 90 Forest Hill St., #1, Jamaica Plain, Mass. 
02 130; 

Joanne Weil works at a seventy-attorney 
corporate/securities law firm, Morrison 
Cohen Singer & Weinstein. Joanne has been 
very busy the last few years, but she has taken 
some amazing vacations, such as one to Agadir, 
Morocco. She has kept in touch with Robin 
Husney, who has two sons. Joanne can be 
reached; (212) 735-8630 
(work); (212) 477-0366 (home). 


Deborah A. Baumgarten, Atlanta, writes: "I 
was recently at the wedding of Gwen Coen 
'87 in New York City. Teri Cohen Alpert. 
Anne-Marie Prabulos '87, and Jessica 
Lieber Smolar '87 were also in attendance." 
Friends can reach Deborah at 1961 Mclendon 
Ave.. NE, Atlanta 30307; (404) 377-9019; 

Valerie Dry-Henich-Hostettler and 
her husband announce the birth of their son, 
Morgan, on May 20 in the Commonwealth of 
Dominica, West Indies. Last year Valerie left 
the world of fashion and marketing in New 
York City, where she was advertising director 
for Polo Ralph Lauren, to live the Caribbean 
dream. She and her husband own and run the 
Ruins, a vegetarian and grilled-fish cafe and 
cooperative artist space in Roseau, Donnnu a. 
Valerie is finally utilizing her urban-studies 



degree by directing efforts to revitalize the 
historic French Quarter of the eighteenth- 
century capital. Valerie invites anyone passing 
through to visit. She can be reached at Box 
2063, Roseau. Commonwealth of Dominica. 
West Indies. 

Rick Gilmore writes: '"Until this year, I 
thought time kept everything from happening 
all at once. This spring. I defended my disser- 
tation and earned my Ph.D. in cognitive neu- 
roscience from Carnegie Mellon University. 
On July 13, my wife. Michelle Katz (Alabama 
'86). and daughter. Eleanor. 2. welcomed a 
new baby girl. Deborah Claire Gilmore, into 
our family. Three weeks later, we moved to 
State College, Pa., where I am an assistant 
professor of psychology at Penn State. We 
welcome friends." Rick can be reached at 
1104 Centre Lane, State College 16801; 

Suzanne Goldberg and her partner, 
Paula Ettelbrick, announce the birth of Adam 
Bernard Goldberg Ettelbrick on March 1 1 . 
"He's a great smiler and giggler, and he can't 
wait to start talking." Suzanne writes. After "a 
very enjoyable maternity leave," Suzanne 
returned to work as a staff attorney at Lambda 
Legal Defense and Education Fund in Sep- 
tember. She has spent the past six years work- 
ing on a wide range of challenges to anti-gay 
discrimination. Suzanne can be reached at 

Jim Johnston and his wife, Pam (Univer- 
sity of Kentucky '84), announce the birth of 
their first child. Leah Kay, on July 23. Jim is 
.111 engineering manager at DataBeam. and 
Pam now works part-time for the same com- 
pany. They can be reached at 3805 Gillespies 
Glen, Lexington, Ky. 40514; (606) 223-6369; 

Eileen A. Keneck is working at Boston 
Medical Center (formerly Boston City Hos- 
pital) as a pediatric emergency physician. 
Eileen writes; "My husband, Richard Aubry, 
and I increased our family by two feet in 
June. Caroline Ann Aubry joined big brother 
Matthew." Eileen can be reached at 24 Berk- 
shire Rd.. Needham, Mass. 02192. 

Jon Rozoff has moved to Chevy Chase, 
Md., to open and head the Washington, DC, 
office of Cornerstone Research, a finance and 
economics consulting firm. He would be happy 
to hear from Brown friends in the Washington 
area and can be reached at home (301) 718- 
0543 or at work (202) 467-8005. 

L. Kady Slavin and Peter O'Halloran 
announce the birth of a daughter. Summer, on 
Aug. 24. Summer joins brother Max, 2. The 
family is happily back in the Atlanta area, where 
Kady works as a consultant 111 the retail/ 'con- 
sumer-goods industry, and Peter is an artist 
and full-time dad. Friends can reach them at 
1 47 s Ridge Point 1 )r.. Lawrenceville, Ga. 30043; 
(770) 237-9882; 

Jones-Toms, announce the birth of their first 
child, Michael Carson Toms, on June 26. He 
was born six days after the couple's tenth 
wedding anniversary. Steve completed a neu- 
rosurgical residency at the Cleveland Clinic in 
June. He and his expanding family moved to 
Houston last summer, where Steve is complet- 
ing a one-year fellowship at M.D.Anderson 
Cancer Hospital. The family can be reached at 
2806 Russett PI. W, Pearland.Tex. 77584. 

David Bernstein was named senior pro- 
ducer of E! Entertainment Television's Talk 
Soup. He received a 1994-95 Daytime Emmy 
for his work on the show. David can be reached 
at 10983 Wellworth Ave., #311, Los Angeles, 
Calif. 90024; 


The newly elected class officers are Lisa Baker. 
co-president. 84 Garfield PL, #3, Brooklyn, 
N.Y. 11215, (718) 499-6107: Trinita Brown. 
co-president. 2916 Stephensen PL, NW, Wash- 
ington, DC. 20015, (202) 244-0646; Pam 
Gerrol, secretary; Matt Sirovich, treasurer; 
Diana Reeves Tejada, program chair; and 
Bruce Gardner and Jill Schlesinger, fund- 

Eric Dobson became deputy director of 
the Alexandria (Va.) Economic Development 
Partnership in November. He can be reached 
at edobson@! 

Julie Andrews Friend and Scott Friend 
announce the birth of their son, Tynan Harris, 
on June 10. Julie and Scott went to the wed- 
ding of Thurston Towle at Thurston's family 
farm in Freedom, N.H. Scott and Josh Levy 
were members of the wedding party. Julie and 
Scott can be reached at 171 Reservoir Rd., 
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02167. 

Amy Costa Migdal (see Tom Kong 

Kirsten J. Robinson writes: "In 1996 my 
husband, John, and I mixed two cells together 
and created an entirely new human being. 
Robin Elizabeth Schectman was born on 
Christmas Eve, 1996. Stephanie Grace was 
one of her first visitors, and Evan Fox 'Ss 
was first to bestow her with Brown clothing. 
Robin looks forward to joining Aaron Tozer- 
Rich and Alex Potter in the class of '2014. 
Her e-mail address" 

Robert Shea and Lisa BraflT Shea '86 
announce the birth of Caleb Daniel on Aug. 
23. He joins big brother Noah, 2. They live in 
Barrington. R.I., and can be reached at 

Jay Zaslow '93 MD. (see Samantha 
Rai '91). 


th Reunion 


Steve Toms '89 M.I ). and his wife, Helen 

Save the dates for our 10th reunion. May 22-2; 
Come back and share the weekend with old 
friends and new. Contact reunion headquar- 
ters at (401) 863-1947 if you did not re< eive 
the fall mailing. 

Michel Bayard (see David Given '75). 

Kirsten Bloomberg Feldman and 
Mark Allen Feldman announce the birth of 
Charlotte Jane Feldman, on July 27. Charlotte 
joins big brother Ethan. 2. "We've become the 
nuclear family, and we love it." writes Kirsten. 
The family can be reached at 139 Norwood 
Ave., Newton, Mass. 02160. 

Jane Levine married David Snyder (Yale 
"88) on May 25. Jane is the daughter of Gail 
Caslowitz Levine '63 and Bill Levine '64 
and the sister of Dan '91. There was a large 
Brown contingent in attendance at the wed- 
ding. The couple lives in Cleveland, where 
David teaches law at Cleveland-Marshall Col- 
lege of Law and Jane is director at a local 
gallery. They can be reached at 2355 S. Over- 
look Rd., Cleveland Heights. Ohio 44106. 

William V. Fogg and his wife.Anna-Karin, 
announce the birth of Charles Sanford on Nov. 
25. 1996. Will can be reached at 135 E. 94th St., 
New York City 10128; 

Dave Morris has moved back to New 
York City to do strategy consulting work for 
Silicon Valley Internet Partners. He plans to 
move to San Francisco with the company in 
about a year. He would love to hear from friends 
at 124 W 60 St., #26N, New York City; (212) 

Jennie Niles, a master's student at Yale's 
School of Management, was one of three stu- 
dents to intern in Connecticut's Department 
of Education and Office of Policy and Man- 
agement this summer. She worked for the 
state's commissioner of education in the char- 
ter-school program office. Prior to attending 
graduate school, Jennie directed service-learn- 
ing programs, developed student- leadership 
curricula, and taught science at Phillips Acad- 
emy in Andover, Mass., and the Harvard- 
Westlake School in Los Angeles. 

Everett Petronio and Ann Nealon 
Petronio '89 announce the arrival of their 
second child, Christopher Everett, on April 2S 
To make room for their expanding family, 
they have moved to 32 Longview Dr.. Cranston, 
R.I. 02920. Everett is practicing law. concen- 
trating primarily in the commercial area, while 
Ann is a promotions specialist at the Providence 
/('i/r/iii/.They are wondering what became o\ 
K.O.H. '89, and they would love to hear from 
her or any other friends at their new address, 
or at 

Joseph G. Petrosinelli and his wife, Kara 
(Virginia '89), announce the birth of their first 
child, Michael Joseph, on June 19. Joe is an 
attorney at Williams & Connolly, a litigation 
firm in Washington, DC. He and his family 
can be reached at 717 Putnam PL, Alexandria. 
Va. 22302. 

Nancy Bach Roberts married Bruce 
Roberts (Harvard '86; Harvard Law '89) on 
fune 8. Brown alums in attendance included 
the bride's father. Gil Bach '52; her sister. 
Amy Bach '90, who was maid of honor; and 
bridesmaids Sara Benenson Goldberg '88, 
Jaquie Wasser Trachtenberg '88, and 
Cristina Fortenbaugh Hemany '87. Nancy 
writes: "We had a blast at our wedding and a 

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great time traveling to the Seychelles Islands 
on our honeymoon. I'm enjoying being set- 
tled in our apartment and working in the cul- 
tural-affairs department at Chase Manhattan 
Bank. I'm also finding time to do lots of 
singing. I'd love to hear from anyone at" 

Gordon Sayre married Marsha Ginsberg 
(Cornell '88) on June 22 at Black Butte 
Ranch, Oreg. Mary Burke and Lowell 
Bowditch '89 A.M., '92 Ph.D. attended. The 
couple lives in Eugene, Oreg., where Gordon 
teaches English at the University ot Oregon 
and Marsha teaches upper-school English at 
the Oak Hill School. Gordon can be reached 

Emil Shieh is an ophthalmologist prac- 
ticing in the San Francisco Bay Area. He got 
married in July and honeymooned in Greece 
and Turkey. His wife. Victoria, is pursuing a 
degree in human-resource management. The 
couple resides in Marin County and can be 
reached at 1490 S. Novato Blvd., #13, Novato, 
Calif. 94947; 

Gregory W. Sullivan. Alexandria, Va., has 
returned to Washington, D.C., for a domestic 
assignment with the Department of State. 
Gregg spent two years in Egypt and two years 
in South Africa. A miserable letter writer, 
Gregg would love to hear from any ot the 
Point Crew and the Glasgow Gang who are 
still talking to him. He can be reached at (703) 

Claudia Nenno Trombly '92 M.D. mar- 
ried Michael Trombly on May 3 in Wellesley, 
Mass. Bridesmaids included Claudia's sister, 
Nancy Nenno '87 Ph.D. and Debbie Benoit 
Harris '90 M.D. Claudia finished her residency 
m family medicine at Memorial Hospital of 
Rhode Island in 199s. She now works for a 
nonprofit organization called HOPE worldwide 
New England, serving as medical director for 
a mobile medical clinic for abused children, 
homeless women and children, and incarcer- 
ated adolescent girls. She can be reached at 
378 Broadway. #2, Maiden, Mass. 02148. 

Kirk E.Watson married Sharon S. Lee 
(Michigan '89, M.D. '92) in Grosse Pointe Park. 
Michigan, on May iS, 1996. They live in Santa 
Monica, Calif. Kirk is an attorney and practices 
civil litigation, and Sharon is a staff physician 
with the UCLA Neuropsychiatry Institute. Kirk 
can be reached at 


Christine Alfano and Christian Smith have 

welcomed a potential Brown alum into their 
house and hearts. Miranda Rose Alfano-Smith 
was born on Aug. 15. Although she doesn't 
have her dad's red hair, she does have his 
smile. Crissy is an assistant professor at the 
University of Colorado at Denver, and Snntty 
is a rocket scientist. They can be reached at 
4610 Greenbriar Ct., Boulder, Colo. 80303;; BoulderCSA@ 

Bruce Chorpita and Catherine Sustana 

'90 finished graduate school (finally!), earning 
Ph.D.s from the state university at Albany in 
August. They have moved to Honolulu, where 
Bruce is an assistant professor of clinical psy- 
chology and director of the Child Stress and 
Anxiety Clinic at the University of Hawaii. 
Catherine is an assistant professor of English 
at Hawaii Pacific University. They are amazed 
at their new surroundings and are still trying 
to figure out how they got so lucky.They can 
be reached at 

Marc Edelstein and his coauthor, Julian 
Cohen, have been published on the Internet. 
The URL for "The E-C Tether: A Proposal 
for Rapid Interstellar Communication" on 
the Penn State Science Consortium home- 
page is 
scifi/science/index.html. Marc can be reached 

Marci Hecker Fox and David Fox 
announce the birth of their daughter. Laurel 
Elizabeth, on July 16. The Fox family lives in 
Chicago, where Marci is a survey director at 
the National Opinion Research Corporation 
(NORC) and David is a fellow in vascular 
surgery at Loyola University. They can be 
reached at 


Closing the Gap: In a column in Integrated 
System Design's September issue, Silicon 
Valley-based computer whiz Henry Chang 
'89 recalled building his first electronic sys- 
tem - a hard-disk controller - in a Brown 
course, Engineering 164, Design of Computing 
Systems. Chang's article focused on the 
elimination of gaps "between design ability 
and design potential" in the virtual chip. 

Michael Goldstein practices environ- 
mental law with the firm of GunsterYoakley 
in south Florida. He serves as chair of the 
Dade County Brownfields Task Force, a group 
of stakeholders developing incentives to pro- 
mote environmental restoration and economic 
development in the urban core. He has also 
recently completed terms on the city of Miami's 
zoning board and historic and environmental 
preservation board and was elected to the 
Coconut Grove village council. He welcomes 
old friends at the Floridian, 650 West Ave., 
#2406, Miami Beach 33139; (305) 962-7669; 

Mark J. Guasp received an M.B.A. from 
Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. 
He now works for McNeil Consumer Prod- 
u< ts ( ',0. in the Philadelphia area as an assistant 
product director."! have kept in touch with 
Darryl Heggans and Darlene R. Currie 
'87," Mark writes. He can be reached at 30 
Ramsgate Court, Blue Bell, Pa. 19422; 

Genevieve Kelly was appointed assistant 
general counsel-Europe for ITT Sheraton 
Corp. She can be reached at Ave. de la 
Raquette, 7; 1150 Brussels, Belgium; genkelly@ 

Alex May married Christopher Drew 
(Dartmouth '89) in Newport, R.I., in June 
1996. Many Brown alumni from the classes of 
'88 and '89 attended the ceremony. Alex 
writes: "I have been living in New York and 
working as a management consultant for the 
last few years. My husband and I will be mov- 
ing to Dallas by the end of the year." Alex can 
be reached at 

Matthew S. Merrick married Susan 
Gawlick (from Buffalo. N.Y.) on November 
22 in Chicago. "Susan and I met two years 
ago while I was getting my M.B.A. from 
Harvard Business School. We hope to be in 
Chicago for a long time. Susan recently began 
teaching at Lake Forest High School north 
of the city." Matthew can be reached at 1538 
West George St., #1, Chicago 60657; 

David Nassau bought a house in San 
Ramon, Calif, with his wife, Millie, and 
their 2-year-old son, Jacob. David is working 
as a senior programmer/writer for MDL 
Information Systems 111 San Leandro, Calif, 
and would like to hear from old friends at 

Stina Wedlock (see Eldon D. Wedlock 
Jr. '64). 


Jon Birger and Laura Grossfield Birger 

both changed jobs. Jon is covering Wall Street 
as a reporter for Crain's New York Business. 
while Laura has left private practice and is an 
assistant U.S. attorney in Manhattan. Jon would 
love to hear from classmates working as invest- 
ment bankers or money managers. He can be 

Jennifer Lumelleau Caraballo and Vic- 
tor Caraballo '88, '91 M.D. announce the 
arrival of Benjamin Victor on July 2. They 
are living in Philadelphia, where Victor is an 
emergency-medicine physician at the Univer- 
sity ot Pennsylvania and Jennifer is an attor- 
ney for the city. They would love to hear from 
anyone in the area. 

Jon Davis married Kim Chabot (Har- 
vard '90,Virgima M.A. '95) on May 31 in 
Andrews Hall. The wedding party included 
Dan Davis '87, Marie Edesess, Bill Kelly, 
and Mike Walton '91. Lisa Fagin Davis '87 
sang during the ceremony, Dave Bruno was 
a reader, and Zoe Davis (Dan and Lisa's daugh- 
ter) was the flower girl. Jon is a lawyer at 
Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, 
DC, and can be reached at 3723 W St., NW, 
Washington, D.C. 20007; (-02) 965-6903; 

Randy Faigin and Ken David, Atlanta, 
announce the birth of their son. Adam Leo 
David on July 31. The excited family includes 
grandmother Barbara Chernell Faigin '63 


and uncle Andrew David '92. 

Samantha Garbus was elected vice 
president, property management, atW.P. Carey 
&" Co. Her responsibilities include lease com- 
pliance, the restructuring of lease agreements, 
and the refinancing of mortgage loans. 
Samantha, who received an M.B.A from New 
York University's Stern School of Business, 
joined the firm in 1992 as an associate. 

Elise (Bisi) Burden Hoblitzelle. Water- 
town, Mass., writes: "How quickly life changes! 
On July 4th I gave birth to a healthy baby 
boy, Oliver Andrew Hoblitzelle. He surprised 
my husband and me by arriving ten days 
early. Motherhood is wonderful and challeng- 
ing. I would love to hear from other folks in 
the Boston area at" 




Fireworks: Lisa Loeb '90 told Billboard 
Magazine in October that the songs on her 
new album, Firecracker (Geffen Records), 
focus on relationships "both fictional and 
real, some poetic, some straightforward." 
The album's first single, "I Do," is steadily 
climbing Billboard's Hot Singles chart. 

Torri Connell Horovitz writes: "Alex, 
Daniel, and I have returned to New England 
from northern California. We are living about 
thirty miles outside of Boston.'The family can 
be reached at 407 Great Rd., #10, Acton. Mass. 
01720; (97S) 264-3176; 

Ann Lightcap married Paul Bruno on 
June 15 in Latrobe, Pa. David Bruno, the 
groom's brother, served as best man. Ann is a 
college counselor and English teacher at Lake 
Forest Academy, and Paul is working toward 
his Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College. 
They can be reached at 1500 W. Kennedy Rd., 
Lake Forest, 111. 6004s; 

Gregson Pigott '94 M.D. and Magali 
Parisien Pigott '89 (Boston University '95 
M.D), who were married in June 1994, an- 
nounce the birth of Jasmine Michele on Aug. 
31. Greg completed his residency in internal 
medicine and is an attending physician atYou- 
ville Hospital in Cambridge. Mass. Magali is 
in the third year ot her internal-medicine res- 
idency at Cambridge Hospital. They may be 
reached at 66 California St..Watertown, Mass. 
02172; Greg at ghpigott@; Magali at 
mmppigot(« ■ 

Kim Wright writes: "After a seven-year 
stmt 111 the San Francisco Bay Area as .1 social 
worker. I've attempted a triumphant return to 
the Big Apple. I'm eagerly awaiting news from 
friends in the classes of'87 10 '93. As I'm sub- 
letting from classmate Jaykumar Menon. it 
feels like old times." Kim can be reached at [89 
1 llaremont Ave., #52, New York City 10027; 
■ 1 ■ 1 749-8870. 

Allison Baird married Stewart Lewack on 
Oct. 4 m Little Compton, R.I. Allison works 
in the fixed-income research division of Reuters 
as a manager for the emerging markets group, 
while Stewart is an account executive for Jaf- 
tom & Collins Inc., an investor relations tirm 
based in New York City. 

Ken Bartholomew and Sandy Steen 
Bartholomew (RISD '92) announce the birth 
of a son, Alexander, on Sept. 5. They live in 
Warner, N.H., where Sandy is an artist and 
owns a rubber stamp company. Ken is an attor- 
ney with Rath Young & Pignatelli in Con- 
cord. N.H. Ken can be reached at 57 Kearsarge 
Mountain Rd., #2, Warner 03278; kcb@rath 

Colin Credle worked at Project HOPE 
for three years, delivering medicine and 
humanitarian aid to war zones and ecological 
disaster areas in the former Soviet Union. 
Afterward, he helped start an international 
steel-trading firm m Moscow. After working 
for the same firm in Kiev, Ukraine, he went 
to Nagano, Japan, home of the 1998 winter 
Olympics, where he worked for Spoils Illustrated. 
Homesick, he returned to New England to 
find a job. He can be reached at 7 Rockland 
St., Nashua, N.H. 03060. 

Jane (Jenny) Driver graduated from the 
University of Pittsburgh Medical School with 
honors in May. She was awarded a scholarship 
for her research and work in promoting prob- 
lem-based learning in the medical school cur- 
riculum. In addition, the student body voted 
her the recipient of the Jamie Sheehan/Laird 
Cheke Memorial Prize as the medical student 
best exemplifying a physician who recognizes 
the patient as human. Jane also initiated and 
organized a ceremony in which twenty of 
the graduates chose to take the revised Hip- 
pocratic Oath, which affirms the dignity of 
life and a physician's decision to refrain from 
performing an abortion. Jane is currently a 
resident in medicine at Beth Israel/Deaconess 
Hospital in Boston. 

Kelley Katzner Ellman and [effrey Ell- 
man (Harvard Law '91) were married on Aug. 3 
in Sylvania, Ohio. The wedding party included 
Jody Katzner '86, Adam Spector '90, 
and Christine Shin Yin. The Ellmans reside 
in Columbus, Ohio, and can be reached at 

Jared Poppel has been working at World 
Research Group in New York since June. He 
is producing senior-level business conferences 
on such diverse topics as push technology, 
mining 111 Latin America, and the development 
of corporate virtual communities. He is hard 
at work, along with Ted Martin '60, Jon 
Huyck 9i.Thano Chaltas '87, Dwight Carl- 
son '90. Liam Murphy '85 and Skip Dan- 
forth '52, at putting together the soth anni- 
versary reunion for the Jabberwocks in 1999. 
I led love to hear from friends and J.ibberwock 
alums alike at 38 Range Dr.. Merrick. N.Y. 
i [566; (516) S67-3S4S; jaredpoppel@worldnet. 

Claudia Radel writes: "I have returned 
to the United States after working tor several 
years in Colombia and have started a doctoral 
program in geography at Clark University. 
Michael Torrens '90 will be joining me in 
Worcester in January, and we look forward to 
hearing from old friends, especially those in 
the New England area." Claudia can be 
reached at the Graduate School ot Geography, 
Clark University. 950 Main St. .Worcester, 
Mass. 01610; 

Samantha Rai married Jay Zaslow '87, 
'93 M.D. in October 1996. Jay, a family physi- 
cian, is on the clinical faculty in the Depart- 
ment of Family and Community Medicine at 
UC San Francisco. Samantha graduated from 
medical school in May and is a resident in 
family practice. They can be reached at 2 181 
Blucher Valley Rd., Sebastopol, Calif. 95472; 
(707) 829-7889; (The 
phone number published in the September/ 
October BAM was incorrect.) 

Julie Ann Randall moved to Reggio 
Emilia, Italy, in July 1996 to take a position at 
Nike Italy, where she is a sales analyst. She ran 
her first marathon 111 Florence, Italy, in Decem- 
ber 1996 and competed in the Gran Fondo (a 
130-km bicycle race) of Reggio Emilia in 
June 1997. "I have just returned from a fabu- 
lous vacation in the States, where I attended 
the wedding of Lisa Langhaug '89 and 
Robin Wigmore," Julie writes. "The best woman 
was Lisa's sister, Kathy Langhaug Letellier, 
and best man was Larry Letellier '89. Lisa 
and Robin live in Harare, Zimbawe, where 
they can be reached at" 
Julie can be reached at Via Bisi 1/3,42100 
Reggio Emilia (RE), Italy; 011/39/522/920539; 

Raj R. Singh writes: "In June. Richard 
Halstead married Luhe Howard at St. Barn- 
abas Church in London. The couple jetted off 
to the Caribbean and Disney World for their 
honeymoon. On July 12. Briel Schwartz 
married John Sehmitz (Boston University '91) 
at Valley Church on San Juan Island, Washing- 
ton. The bridal party included Jennifer Fries 
Singh, Jaimie Shapiro '92, Sarah Francis 
Holmes, and Allison Karmel Thomason. 
Briel teaches at the University Child Devel- 
opment School in Seattle, while John is a 
teacher and an artist. The couple honey- 
mooned on the Iberian Peninsula." Raj and 
his wife, Jennifer Fries Singh, are still 111 
Cambridge, Mass., where Raj is working on a 
Ph.D. in urban studies and planning at MIT 
and Jen is the director of a battered women's 
shelter and rape crisis program. They can be 
reached at (617) 354-0281;; 

Paul Souza is h\ing in Boston and work- 
ing as an assistant vice president at Interna- 
tional Special Risks, an insurance brokerage 
firm specializing in maritime interests. He can 
be reached at 

Naomi Suzuki married Gregory Azrak 
(Virginia '91), the son of Raymond Azrak 
'64, on July 19 at Keystone Resort 111 Colorado. 
The couple met at J. P. Morgan 111 New York 

72 • JANUAR 1 II It III Alll 1998 


Role Models with 

A Master of Social Work 

Ten months after she graduated, Abby Rosin 
still did not have a job. "I wanted a job where 
I could work with at-risk adolescents," she 
says, "but I didn't have a master's degree in 
social work." Rather than continue to wait for 
opportunity to knock, Rosin created an oppor- 
tunity for herself and for dozens of inner-city 

Her involvement in dance and theater 
had taught Rosin that the arts could be "a 
source of joy and community." And while 
working in a prison, she witnessed firsthand 
the enthusiastic response of female inmates 
to role models who "valued and treated them 
like human beings." Drawing from these 
experiences, Rosin created Groove with Me, a 
Manhattan-based nonprofit organization that 
provides free dance classes to underprivi- 
leged girls. 

In operation for a year now, Groove with 
Me currently provides forty girls (and an 
occasional boy) aged seven to fourteen with 
classes in tap, modern, hip-hop, funk, Brazil- 


ian, folk, and African dance. The program 
essentially runs at no cost; seven volunteer 
teachers conduct the classes in space donated 
by community centers. Starting up a non- 
profit is no picnic; Rosin is still struggling to 
pay for liability insurance and administrative 

The human benefits, however, are tangi- 
ble. "In three months," Rosin says, "I have 
seen marked improvement. [The students] 
are more disciplined, affectionate, and confi- 
dent. Dance helps quiet kids overcome their 

Rosin and her fellow teachers also take 
the kids on field trips to the Broadway Dance 
Center, where they watch professionals audi- 


New York City 
children (left) 
experience the 
joy of dance, 
thanks to Abby 
Rosin (above) 
and her fellow 

tion for parts. "I love hearing the girls dream- 
ing out loud. They talk about wanting to be 
in music videos or on Broadway," Rosin says. 
"They are inspired to do their own choreog- 
raphy for their shows." 

In spite of the struggle to find funding, 
Rosin intends to continue the program and 
eventually to acquire permanent space for it. 
"I see how the girls worship the ground their 
teachers walk on," Rosin explains, "and how 
they miss them when they're away. These 
kids don't have a lot of adults whom they 
adore. So for an hour and a half a day we try 
to provide total, unconditional love. You 
don't have to have a master's in social work 
to be a role model." - Torri Still 

City, where they both have been working tor 
more than six years, Naomi in fixed-income 
sales and Greg m futures sales. Many Brown 
friends were m attendance, including maid ot 
honor Masami Suzuki '91 and bridesmaid 
Lisa Colasanti Bhimani '91. Naomi can be 
reached at 157 E. 57th St., #is;B, New York 
City 10022: 

Brian Walch and his wife, Myrna. 
announce the birth of their first child, Ana- 
Gabriela,bom |uly 15. Brian can be reached 
at 2743 Gallows Rd., #202, Vienna. Va. 22180. 


The newly elected class officers are: Stephanie 
Truesdell, president. 41 Dr.. #11, 
Norwood. Mass. 02062, (781) 2.55-0789, (617) 
495-9126, acsslt(S; Troy Centazzo. 
co-president, 103 Northfield Circle, Char- 
lottesville, Va. 22901 . (S04) 975-091 1 ; Mary 

Elizabeth Grace, secretary; Dan O'Connell, 
treasurer; Rebecca Thayer Bliss, annual giv- 
ing chair; Deborah List. Cindy Cramer, 
Dolly Hernandez, and Paisley Denipy, 

events coordinators; and Ken Padilla and 
Marc Harrison, BAA program chairs/liaisons. 

Eliot Fisk works in London for the 
international law firm Lovell White 
Durrant. He can be reached at eliot.fisk(a; 

Catherine Harbour enjoyed seeing 
'y2ers at the reunion in May, but lost all the 
napkins with e-mail addresses and phone 
numbers. Please send them to 1104 N. 
Greensboro St.. #9, Carrboro, N.C. 27510; 

Junwoo Lee completed his M.B.A. at 
Wharton and returned to Seoul to work at 
Boston Consulting Groups Seoul office. 
Royal Park is Mt intern/resident at the New 
York University-affiliated hospital. Jaeson 
Kim is .1 senior staff member at Oracle Corp. 

in San Francisco. Jason Jaebum Kim '91 
returned to Korea to work in the Asian Equi- 
ties Division of SBC Warburg after working 
briefly in Hong Kong. Chul-Joo Lee '95 is 
now in the investment-banking division of 
Morgan Stanley's Seoul office. Jim Yang '91 
has joined the investment-banking division of 
Merrill Lynch's Seoul office. After working at 
the NHK News Network in Tokyo, Jaiun 
Lamont '91 returned to Seoul to be an 
anchorwoman at the Arirang Channel Net- 
work. Sangyeup Lee is an associate at 
Latham & Watkms m New York. Sukjin Lim, 
after working at a law firm in Manhattan, 
returned to Seoul to work at Shin & Kim, .1 
Korean law firm. Sukjin can be reached at (Sukjin Lim sent 111 this 

Katie Lott married Paul Schnorr at her 
grandparents' home in Ephr.iim.Wis., on Aug. 
9. Brown friends in attendance included brides- 
maid Rachel SolotarofT. Katie is completing 


an M.A.T. in elementary education, and she 
and Paul are renovating a ioo-year-old Victo- 
rian house in Chicago. They can be reached at 
3269 W.Wrightwood Ave., Chicago 60647. 

Lisa P,esnek married Chris Wyett (Har- 
vard '89) on May 25. Lisa is a merchandise 
coordinator for Hermes, and Chris is a corpo- 
rate lawyer at Cravath Swine & Moore. They 
live in Manhattan with their dogs, Maxine 
and Izzy. 

Carlos Solis Jr. is living and working in 
Japan as an English teacher on the JET (Japa- 
nese Exchange and Teaching) Program. Carlos 
writes: "I'd have to say this is the ultimate 
minority experience for a variety of reasons, 
not least of which is being in a foreign coun- 
try where it sometimes feels like you're on 
another planet." Carlos can be reached at River- 
side Mansion 206, 689 Kimura, Kakogawa- 
Cho-Shi, Hyogo-Ken, 675 Japan; roguenin@ 

Jocelyn Wagner married Jeff Thomas 
(UCLA '89, UCSF '97 M.D.) at San Francis- 
co's Grace Cathedral on June 14. Priya 
Ghumman was maid of honor, and Ashley 
Romaine '91 was a bridesmaid. Jocelyn and 
Jeff live in San Francisco, where Jeff is a med- 
ical resident at the UCSF Mount Zion hos- 
pital, and Jocelyn teaches second grade. They 
would enjoy hearing from Brown alums at 
(415) 469-9630. 


th Reunion 

Save the dates for our 5th reunion, May 
22-25. Come back and share the weekend 
with old friends and new. Contact reunion 
headquarters at (401) 863-1947 if you did not 
receive the tall mailing. 

Michael Adams is finishing his final year 
of study at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical 
School. He is planning to do a residency in 
orthopedic surgery. Michael can be reached at 
45 EderTerr., South Orange, N.J. 07079; 

Nicole Barber is teaching at Providence 
Country Day School and coaching women's 
soccer at Rhode Island College. She would 
love to hear from former soccer, hockey, or 
sottball teammates. 

Andrew Borodach graduated from Har- 
vard Law School in June and moved to New 
York City to work as an associate in the cor- 
porate department of Debevoise & Plimpton. 
Andrew can be reached at 4 E. 70th St., #7C 
New York City 10026. 

Gary Breslow completed a year's leave of 
absence from NYU medical school, which he 
spent researching developmental and cancer 
biology. 1 le is finishing his last year at NYU and 
is applying for residency programs. Gary <:.m 
be reached at S64 1st Ave., tf 12-U, New York 
( n\ too 16; breslgoi ( 

Marcy Griem Calaway is taking .1 break 
from her career in management consulting to 
spend two yens at the University of < Chicago 
getting her Marcy and her husband. 
Jim in , in enjoying ( !hi< ago ami are active 

with golf, bridge, and curling. This year Marcy 
entered the Olympic trials in curling. The 
couple would love to hear from friends at 420 
East Ohio, #isA, Chicago 6061 1. 

Derek Chauvette (see David Given 

Rachel Collin got a master's in zoology 
from the University ofWashington in 1996 
and is working toward a Ph.D. in evolutionary 
biology at the University of Chicago. "I'll be 
spending the winter doing fieldwork in Baja," 
Rachel reports. "Previous fieldwork has taken 
me to California, Florida, and Jamaica." Rachel 
can be reached at 5338 S. Harper, #iN, Chicago 

Erbin Crowell works for Equal Exchange, 
a fair-trade organization and worker-owned 
cooperative that supplies coffee to cafes and 
markets, including Brown's Blue Room. 



Hot Suds: People magazine named Rhonda 
Ross '93 one of TV's 40 Most Fascinating 
People. Ross, the daughter of singer Diana 
Ross, landed the role of police officer Toni 
Burrell on Another World last March, and 
by the summer she "was the focus of the 
soap's hottest story line." 

Michael Glascott is living with Scott 
Camp and can be reached at 2244 W. Palmer, 
Chicago 60647. 

Steve Huston writes: "This past summer 
was an eventful one. I graduated from Prince- 
ton Theological Seminary (M.Div.). then I got 
married in June to Heather Brown (Williams 
'93). Finally, I started working at Abington 
Memorial Hospital as a chaplain resident." 
Steve plans to be at the hospital for a year, 
while simultaneously completing the ordina- 
tion process for the Presbyterian Church 
(USA). Steve can be reached at 1157 OldYork 
Rd., #33, Abington, Pa. 19001. 

Elise Joffe and Alexandra Posen '95 
attended Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris after 
graduating from Brown. They have since 
formed a mask-dance-theater company 111 
New York called Atlas Mason. The group has 
been creating and performing for the past 
year in New York and Toronto. Their current 
piece. Homunculus Project, is playing 111 New 
York in November at Theater for a New City. 
Elise can be reached at 380 E. 10th St., #3A, 
New York City 10009; (212) 979-1239. 

Phyllidia Ku 97 M.D. and Bill Ruth 
'97 M.D. (Villanova '<SS) were to be married 
in 1 )ecember.They are living in Portland, 
Maine, where Phyllidia is in the first year of 
her internal-medicine residency and Bill is in 
the first year of his emergency-medicine resi- 
dency. They would love to hear from friends 
at 276 Br.u kett St., #4, Portland 04102; 
kuph\ 1(5 mail 

Greg Rhodes married Pang Yang in 
April 1994. Greg teaches high school math 
and coaches boys' and girls' water polo. He 
started an electronic journal for math teachers 
called the M@th Projects Journal 
( "I'll soon be 
going back for master's in educational tech- 
nology," Greg writes. Pang is going to Fuller 
Theological Seminary for her master's 111 
Christian counseling. Pang and Greg can be 
reached at 1345 Cabrillo Park, #Q2, Santa 
Ana, Calif. 92701; 

Rob Rosenthal writes: "After jaunts in 
the insurance, feature-film, and aerospace 
industries, I've come back to Boston for my 
M.B.A. Give me a call if you're in the area." 
Rob can be reached at P.O. Box 511, Babson 
College, Babson Park, Mass. 02157; (617) 2 39 _ 

Kathy Silverton and John Lucas were 
married on Aug. 9 in San Francisco. Many 
Brown alums were able to join them, includ- 
ing bridesmaid Susana Baptista. Kathy and 
John are having a great time in San Francisco, 
despite having to wake up at 4 a.m. every day 
for the East Coast market hours. Friends can 
reach them at 3425 Scott Street, #1, San Fran- 
cisco 94123; 

Susan Smith and Ryan Walsh were 
married on Aug. 14 in Susan's hometown of 
Waterford, Ireland. The wedding party included 
classmates Kathy Sullivan. James Slavet, 
and Chad Givens. Several other alumni 
attended the ceremony, including Ryan's par- 
ents, Terry and Pat Walker Walsh '65, and 
his grandmother, Elisabeth Connie Dowd 
'31. Ryan is in his second year of law school 
at the University of Georgia. Susan finished 
seventh in the 400-meter hurdles final at the 
World Championships in Athens. Greece, on 
Aug. 8. She is currently ranked second 111 
Europe and ninth in the world. The couple 
lives in Athens. Ga. (Their classmate Eileen 
sent in this note.) 

Lauren Strachan writes: "Once again I am 
living behind the Zion Curtain, employed as a 
workshop coordinator for the Natural History 
of Genes (, a sci- 
ence education project housed in the Utah 
Museum of Natural History. My job involves 
organizing, producing, and teaching profes- 
sional-development workshops for teachers 
on problem-based learning techniques for 
genetic science. After four years on the East 
Coast and three on the West Coast (for grad 
school), I am glad to be back 111 the land of 
rose-colored glasses. Please send e-mail or 
check out our Web site; I'd love to hear from 
anyone at strachan(§" 

Daryl Twitchell graduated from the Yale 
School of Management in May and is work- 
ing as .1 senior manager at American Express's 
strategic-planning and business-development 
group. Daryl can be reached at 171 E. 89th St.. 
#4A, New York City 10028; daryl.twitchell@ 

74 ♦ JAN I AIM II UK I A U V I 998 

i 9 94 

Brian Bernhardt writes: "I finally graduated 
from Michigan law school in May and, after 
studying for the bar, went to Israel and Egypt 
for a month, returning m time to go to Miami 
over Labor Day for Ari Glazer's wedding. 
Three days in Miami with Kevin Reed. Guy 
Foulks. Landy Cook, Alan Shusterman, 
Matt Carvalho. and James Kim '95 was a 
good way to start the rest of my life. I'm now 
working for a law firm in Atlanta, flying to 
Detroit once a month to visit my girlfriend 
(and go to Michigan football games), and 
generally having a good time." Brian can be 
reached at 3655 Habersham Rd. N., #243, 
Atlanta 30305; (404) 816-0844; bcbernhardt@ 

Jordan Copeland and Lisa Wolfson 
were married Aug. 3 in Tarrytown, N.Y. 
Andy Abramowitz '92 and Leslie Stern '93 
were members ot the wedding party, and many 
alumni attended the ceremony. The couple 
honeymooned in Norway, Denmark, and 
Sweden. Jordan is attending NYU Law School, 
and Lisa is a third-grade teacher at P.S. 15S in 
Manhattan. They can be reached at jordanc@ and 

Geoffrey Donoho married Linda Tuch 
'93 on Aug. 3 in Wilmington, Del. The groom's 
brother, Christopher Donoho III '91, was 
best man. The bride's father is Arthur F. 
Tuch '61, and the parents of the groom are 
Christopher '65 and Joan Hayes Donoho 
"65. Barbara E.Angus '93 and Judy R. 
Marblestone '93 served as bridesmaids, and 
Darrin M. Bradley. Douglas K. Stewart. 
and Atul M. Vaidya were groomsmen. Many 
alumni attended the ceremony. The evening 
ended with a medley ot Brown songs sung by 
a large group, mostly on-key. Geoff and Linda 
can be reached at 230 Bala Ave., Bala-Cynwyd, 
Pa. 19004. (Geoff's father, Christopher '65, 
sent in this note.) 

Daniel Goldblatt and Tracy Gillings 
'96 were married June 30, 1996. and Tracy 
gave birth to a daughter, Johanna Rebecca, 
July 1, 1997. Dan is working as a director of 
personnel and administration atTrucolor Inc., 
and Tracy is working on her master's in edu- 
cation. They can be reached at 5N Brookside 
Dr. E., Harnman, N.Y. 10926. 

Jeannine M. Lewis married Leon F. 
Wyszkowski on July 12. The couple got en- 
gaged on the steps of Manning Chapel. Melissa 
Blanco-Borelli served as bridesmaid and Jae 
Shin as best man. Jeannine and Leon can be 
reached at 29 Black Point Rd.. Niantic, Conn. 

Nicholas Miliaras has started a Ph.D. pro- 
gram in biology at Johns Hopkins and can be 
reached at 15 West 29th St., #2A. Baltimore 21218; 
(410) 366-9621; 

Rebekah McKinney writes: "I recently 
moved within Boston, where I have lived for 
three years. After graduation I worked for a 
vear as director of a small start-up community 
organization in Roxbury and as a part-time 
line cook in a tine restaurant. For just under 

two years now, I have been assistant director 
of development at Greater Boston Legal Ser- 
vices. I see Erin McCloskey (back from 
Costa Rica and Spam), Mike Nathanson, 
Garth Shaneyfelt, and Jamie Biggar '93, 
and I would like to hear from other friends at 
my new address: 473 Mass. Ave., #5, Boston 
02 1 1 8;" 

Jessica Stevens and Stephen Pollard 
were married on June 15 at the Grounds for 
Sculpture in Princeton. N.J. "The wedding 
occurred in a beautiful outdoor garden com- 
plete with blooming rose bushes and clear, sunny 
skies," Stephen writes. The wedding party 
included Julie Saffer '94, Spencer Freedman 
'94, and Christian Mangin. Karen Grace '94, 
Emily Whitcomb '94, Matt Steele '94, and 
Rob Sambursky '94 served as ushers. Stephen 
and Jessica can be reached at 135 Charles St., 
#2F, Boston 02114; 

Christine Reins received a master's 
degree in architecture in December from the 
University of Michigan. She can be reached at 
816 Hill St., #2, Ann Arbor, Mich. 4S104; 

Robyn Remeika married Abdehllah 
"Tipo" Lechheb of Rabat, Morocco, on Dec. 
7, 1996, in a small, private ceremony in Wuts- 
tield.Vt.They met in August 1994 in Morocco, 
where they worked at the Rabat American 
School. They are now living in Washington, 
DC, where Robyn is doing a practicum at 
AMIDEAST (America-Mideast Educational 
and Training Services Inc.). She is working 
toward her master's in international and inter- 
cultural management from the School of 
International Training. Robyn and Tipo even- 
tually plan to move back to Morocco, but in 
the meantime they would love to hear from 
friends at 1630 R St., NW, Washington, DC. 

Wade B. Santon, a second lieutenant 111 
the U.S. Marines, reported for duty with the 
1st Radio Battalion. 1st Marine Expeditionary 
Force, Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe 
Bay, Hawaii. Wade joined the Marine Corps 
in June 1994. 

Alexander Scribner works for Monarch 
Financial Corporation of America as a senior 
investment executive. "I have been living in 
New York City since graduating, and I love 
it," he writes. Alexander has been in touch 
with fellow New Yorkers Jeanne Chuang 
'96, Sigrid Hahn. Amy Flynn. Ted Saha. 
Daniel Cruise, Caroline Cruise '97, Allison 
Engel '96, Hamed Moghadan, and Christ- 
ian Michael Soussan '95. Alexander would 
be happy to hear from any Brown grads in the 
Manhattan area, "especially if you're into the 
NYC music scene." He can be reached at 
work: (800) 635 7122; 

Gail Shina and Michael Browne were 
married on June 22. Gail is working as a soft- 
ware engineer, and Mike is practicing and 
teaching wooden boat-buildmg.They are liv- 
ing in Amesbury, Mass., where they've bought 
a house and welcome visits from friends. They 
can be reached at (978) 388-1263. 

Britt H.Tonnessen writes:"! am more 

than halfway through medical school at the 
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Although I 
have taken up community soccer and karaoke, 
I still find time to row once in a while. Long- 
lost friends can reach me at (507) 289-7123;" 

l 995 

Jonathan Beck writes: "In June 1996. my 
college roommate Matthew Szenher and his 
sweetheart, Lucy Raimes, set me up on a 

date with Rachel Escobar. On August 24, we 
got married. Regards and a hearty thank-you 
from Rachel and me to all who came to the 
wedding. We can be reached at (718) 268- 
395 2;" 

Emily Biss moved to California in March 
to work for Lockheed Martin Missiles and 
Space as a systems engineer in its commercial 
satellite organization. Emily writes: "I recently 
finished a stint in mission control as the oper- 
ator for a GE telecommunications satellite 
(which means, effectively, that I got to fly the 
thing). When I'm not flying satellites, I'm fly- 
ing planes and playing lots of Frisbee." Emily 
spends time with Kathy Hannon '94 and her 
new husband; Anna von Mertens; Emily 
Borod; and Meg Wiley '96. She has also 
been visited by Chad Cianfrani, Kate Mag- 

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nuson. Alisa Algava '96, and Kent Ibsen, 

jnd shares a house with Jonah Schachner. 
Emily can be reached at P.O. Box 30, Moffett 
Field, Calif. 94035, (650) 326-731S; 

Stuart Finlayson died while hiking in 
Mt. Cook National Park, New Zealand, not 
on Mt. Hood, as reported in an obituary in 
the November/December BAM. 

Tala Hadid writes: "I've been living in 
London since January, working as an assistant 
to a film director. We will be off to Paris in 
November and then to Russia to shoot the 
next film. Hard has been the path, but oh so 
exciting! 1 leave my e-mail address, as I tend 
to live like a gypsy."Tala can be reached at 
ttala 1 

Michael Kaplan has joined RRE Investors 
as an associate. He can be reached at 126 E. 
56th St., New York City 10022; 

Laura Lanzerotti and Bianka Ramirez 
'97 are two of forty-eight participants selected 
for the Coro Fellows Program in public affairs, 
an intensive nine-month graduate-level fel- 
lowship. Laura and Bianka will complete the 
Coro Fellows program in San Francisco. 

Prentice M. McCullough, a U.S. Navy 
ensign, completed the officer indoctrination 
course at the Naval Education and Training 
Center in Newport, R.I. 

James J. Na wrote to correct some infor- 
mation that appeared 111 the September/Octo- 
ber BAM. In James's wedding to Kimberly 
P. Brown '96, his best man was J. David 
Elliott '94, not Steven A. Moya '94. (Steven 
was a groomsman.) Also, while Kevin Bau 
was present at the wedding, he was not a 

Jeffrey Vargas left the mayor's office in 
Providence in May and moved back to New 
York City to pursue a cyber-career in the 
marketing department of Ovid Technologies 
Inc., an information-technology company. 
"I've seen a lot of alums in the city over the 
last few months," Jeffrey writes, "including 
Nelson Hernandez '94 and his wife, Shareen 
Joseph-Hernandez '9j;Elee Muslin '93; 
Kenneth Padilla \i2;Jose R. Polanco '92; 
and former Perkins resident Sharmila Rao " 
Jeffrey can be reached 

Jason A. Wall is a graduate student in 
economics at Pembroke College, Cambridge 
University. Jason writes: "I look forward to 
hearing from any Brunonians in England as 
well as Brown friends that I have lost contact 
with, including Dushana Yoganathan '93 
and Amity Buck. Recently I was in Boston, 
where I saw Nathan Walsh, who is working 
on a Ph.D. in biochemistry at MIT. He is 
doing well, as is Rahul Tongia, who is work- 
ing on his Ph.D. at < .11 negie Mellon." Jason 
can be reached at 

Crystal L. Younger reports that after two 
years of being employed bv U.S. Rep. Don, ikl 

M. Payne as a special assistant, she is now a loan 
■ iih I leet Mortgage Corp. She would 
love to hear from alums at 2sV.m Velsor PI., 
U 1 1 ), Newark. N.J. 071 12; clyoungcW 


Anthony Alexander is a master's candidate 
in chemical engineering at the University of 
Iowa. He can be reached at alexande@icaen.; 1000 W. Benton St., #I03E, Iowa 
City, Iowa 52246. 

Elizabeth Hunt is entering her second 
year as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador. 
"Life is good down here working in rural 
public health," Elizabeth writes. She can be 
reached c/o Peace Corps, Casilla 13-01-227, 
Portoviejo, Manabi, Ecuador. 

Curtis Krause is working as a con- 
sultant in Moscow. Curtis can be reached at 

Kristen J. Lonergan writes: "I've begun 
law school at NYU and am loving it - both 
the city and the school. Ironically, there are 
two other people in my law school section 
who also lived in Perkins our freshman year." 
Kristen can be reached at 110 W. 3rd St., #1201, 
New York City 10012; 

John C. Lund is the morning talent and 
production director at WTGZ, The Tiger, 95.9 
Auburn and 104.9 Montgomery. He can be 
reached at 507 W. Glenn, #50, Auburn, Ala. 
36830; (334) 502-8401; 

Costa Migadakis is serving the thir- 
teenth of twenty-three months of service in 
the Greek military as a reserve officer (cadet) 
in the translation department at army head- 
quarters in Athens. He will be returning to 
New York this August. Costa can be reached 
at 22D Kleitou St., Ilissia 1S771, Athens, 

Deborah Phillips is engaged to Brian 
Ruetter, a ranger with the National Park Ser- 
vice. Deborah is in her first year at the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania's veterinary school and 
can be reached at 

1 man M. Tyson is working for Ford 
Motor Co. as a product engineer in the 
advanced vehicle technology division. "In 
short, I'm having fun, enjoying life, and loving 
the job," Iman writes. He'd like to stay in 
touch with friends and can be reached at 4958 
Heather Dr., #210, Dearborn, Mich. 48126; 

Phebe Vandersip (see Hank Vandersip 

David Wadler is working for Computer 
Associates in Paris. He can be reached at 50 
Ave. de Wagram, 4e etage, 75017 Paris, France; 
(33-1) 42-27-27-64; 

chapter. Jennifer would love to hear from old 
friends. She can be reached at 839 Scaleybark 
Rd„ #2H, Charlotte 28209. 


Jennifer Cook works as a domestic-violence 
counselor for the sheriff's department 111 
Charlotte, NO She offers support and guid- 
ance to victims and their children, educates 
and advises police officers throughout the 
county, and is developing awareness campaigns 
at several universities. Since moving to North 
Carolina, she has been interviewing prospec- 
tive Brown students and has gotten involved 
in Charlotte's Kappa Alpha I beta alumnae 

Not Just Boy Toys: An Associated Press 
story on women in computer science quoted 
Valerie Green '97, a master's candidate in 
computer science at Brown. Green warned: 
"Computers can become boys' territory as 
early as elementary school. If teachers 
don't schedule times for individual study, 
the boys tend to take over." 

Holly Clara Eggert (see Arnold 
Eggert '41). 

Gina Fusaro is in her first year of a grad- 
uate pathology program at Columbia. She 
would love to hear from friends at 100 Haven 
Ave., #i8E, New York City 10032; (212) 781- 

Robert Meguid is living in Cairo, 
Egypt, where he is studying Arabic. He plans 
to return to Brown next year to begin a mas- 
ter's in medical science, after which he will 
start medical school at Brown. He can be 
reached at 

Tonya McMillion moved to Los Angeles 
and would love to hear from friends at 

Shintaro Okamoto married Sophia 
SeapingTzeng (Harvard '95) on June 28 at St. 
Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in 
Anchorage. Alaska. Sophia attends Columbia 
Law School, and Shintaro is a visual artist. 
Takehiro Hira served as best man in the 
wedding. Shintaro and Sophia live in New 
York City. 

Bianka Ramirez (see Laura Lanzerotti 


Sharon Su is working as a research asso- 
ciate at Genetics Institute in Cambridge, Mass. 
She'd love to have visitors and can be reached 
at 15 Piggott Rd., #4, Medford, Mass. 02155; 


Simon Ostrach '49 Sc.M., '50 Ph.D., a pro- 
fessor at Case Western Reserve University, was 
awarded a five-year, $17.8 million grant from 
the NASA Lewis Research Center to create 
the new National Center for Microgravity 
Research of Fluids and Combustion. Simon 
was named director of the new center, which 
is the first national institution dedicated to 
microgravity research. 

Eric Marder 'so A.M. has published The 
Laws of Choke: Predicting Customer Behavior. 

Steven C. Batterman '64 Ph.D. (see '61). 

Daniel R. Schwarz '65 A.M., '68 Ph.D. 
has published Reconfiguring Modernism: Explo- 

76 • JAN I Alt', I I BR 1 A IM [998 

rations in the Relationship Between Modern Art 
and Modern Literature (St. Martin's). Daniel is a 
professor of English at Cornell and can he 
reached at 

David L. Griscom '66 Ph.D., Alexan- 
dria, Va., a research physicist at the Naval 
Research Laboratory's optical sciences divi- 
sion, is the 1997 winner of the NRL Sigma 
Xi's Pure Science Award. 

Raul Rojas-Lamperein '67 Sc.M. is 
working in Chile for Jaakko Poyry, an engineer- 
ing firm. He is married, the father of four 
sons, and the grandfather ot three boys. Raul 
would like to get news from old classmates 
and friends. He can be reached at Candelaria 
Goyenechea 4i8i,Vitacura, Santiago, Chile. 

Cynthia (Penny) Tabit Hahn '71 Ph.D., 
Berkley, Mass., was appointed associate acade- 
mic dean at Bristol Community College in 
Fall River, Mass. Cynthia had served as acting 
assistant to the academic dean since January 

Sally E Padden '71 M.A.T. was 
appointed the first justice of the Essex division 
of the Juvenile Court Department of Massa- 
chusetts. Sally has been an associate justice 
since 1995. Prior to her judicial appointment, 
she served as an assistant district attorney in 
the Essex County District Attorney's office 
from 1982 to 1995. Sally lives in Manchester, 
Mass., with her husband and three sons. 

Vikram K. Kinra '72 Ph.D., a professor 
of aerospace engineering at Texas A6VM Uni- 
versity, received the Lockheed Martin Tactical 
Aircraft Systems Excellence in Teaching Award. 

Gerald Eggert '73 Ph.D. (see Arnold 
Eggert '41). 

James S. Corum '76 A.M. published 
77k- Luftwaffe (University Press of Kansas), an 
account of the evolution of German military 
aviation theory, doctrine, war games, and 
operations between the two world wars. James 
is a professor of comparative military studies 
at the School of Advanced Airpower Studies 
at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. 

David Watters '79 Ph.D.. professor of 
English at the University of New Hampshire, 
was named to the James H. Hayes and Claire 
Short Hayes Chair in the Humanities. David 
has been at UNH for eighteen years and is a 
noted scholar of New Hampshire culture and 
history. He was named New Hampshire pro- 
fessor of the year in 1990 by the Council for 
Advancement and Support of Education. 

Anna Bobiak Nagurney '80 Sc.M., '83 
Ph.D. (see '76). 

Alice Goldberg Lemos Si Ph.D. has 
been made a vice chairman in the Republi- 
can Party of Queens County, New York. She 
also has purchased an apartment for herself 
and her son, Jesse, who is attending kinder- 
garten. "There is life when you are forced to 
give up teaching! "Alice writes. 

Elizabeth Reis '82 A.M. published 
Damned Women: Sinners and Witches in Puritan 
New England (Cornell University Press). The 
book explores the intersection of Puritan 
theology, Puritan evaluations of womanhood, 
and the Salem witchcraft trials. Elizabeth 

teaches history and women's studies at the 
University of Oregon. 

Geoffrey A. Landis '84 Sc.M., '88 Ph.D. 
writes: "While other scientists on the Mars 
Pathfinder project are interested in the rocks and 
soil, I am focused on slightly smaller particles: 
the Martian dust, and the effect of the dust on 
the performance of solar arrays on Mars. Path- 
finder is the first solar-powered spacecraft to 
visit the surface of Mars, and monitoring the 
performance of its solar arrays is an important 
building block toward more ambitious mis- 
sions to Mars." The postage-stamp-sized exper- 
iment Geoffrey designed measures how much 
dust deposits on the solar array of the Sojourner 
rover. Geoffrey can be reached at geoffrey.a. Web site is http:// 

Nancy Nenno '87 Ph.D. (see Claudia 
Nenno Trombly '88). 

Lowell Bowditch '89 A.M., '92 Ph.D. 
(see Gordon Sayre '88). 

William N.Tilchin '92 Ph.D. published 
Theodore Roosevelt and the British Empire: 
A Study in Presidential Statecraft (St. Martins). 
William is an assistant professor of social 
science in the College of General Studies at 
Boston University In addition to this book, 
he is the author of numerous published essays 
on the foreign policy of Theodore Roosevelt 
and related topics. William is married with 
two children and lives in Pawtucket, R.I. 

Edwidge Danticat '93 M.F.A. (see 
Andrea Estepa '80). 


Silver Lining: Scranton (Pa.) Times colum- 
nist Ken Stammen devoted his September 
28 column to Joel Naroff 72 A.M., '75 
Ph.D., a Philadelphia-based economist and 
bank vice president considered to be a 
"sought-after expert." Naroff visited Scran- 
ton to share his views on the future of the 
national and local economies. He said 
Scranton's "relatively high unemployment 
creates an opportunity [to] sell the labor 
force" by attracting companies and jobs. 

Tuija Rankama '96 Ph.D. and Jarmo 
Kankaanpaa '96 Ph.D. married in August 
after returning home to Finland in June. 
Since graduation they have been employed in 
various short-term positions; among other 
things, Tuija was a professor of archaeology at 
the University of Helsinki for three months. 
Jarmo has completed several translation jobs 
and is doing CRM-project work for the 
National Board of Antiquities. They would 
like to get in touch with Kimmo Tammela 
'92 and other Brown alumni/alumnae in Fin- 
land, perhaps to form a Finnish Brown Club. 

They can be reached at Kimmeltie 26 C 27, 
FIN-02110 Espoo. Finland; 09-455 0026;; or jarmo.kankaan 


Alan Cole '76 (see Harriet Hanzel Cole 

Eli Avila '86 (see Tom Kong '81). 

Steve Torms '89 (see '86). 

Debbie Benoit Harris '90 (see Claudia 
Nenno Trombly '88). 

Victor Caraballo '91 (see Jennifer 
Lumelleau Caraballo '90). 

Claudia Nenno Trombly '92 (see '88). 

Stina Wedlock '93 (see Eldon D. Wed- 
lock Jr. '64). 

Jay Zaslow '93 MD. (see Samantha 
Rai '91). 

Gregson Pigott '94 (see '90). 

Phyllidia Ku '97 (see '93). 

Bill Ruth '97 (see Phyllidia Ku '93) 


Marguerite Mathews 15 A.M., Providence: 
Aug. 19. A former teacher at Central High 
School in Providence, she was the oldest mem- 
ber of Central Congregational Church. She is 
survived by a niece and two nephews. 

Agnes A. Davitt '21. West Chester. Pa.; Aug. 
1. She was a retired librarian for the Newark, 
N.J., public schools. 

James K. Yager '22, Oneonta, N.Y; 1986. 

Myrtle Hodgkins Coe '24, Bloommgton, 
Minn.; Sept. 27. She trained in the Army School 
of Nursing in Washington, DC, and in 1932 
became an instructor in physiology at the 
University of Minnesota Nursing School. The 
author of three textbooks, she was believed to 
be the first instructor of bedside nursing in 
the United States. During World War II, she 
taught basic sciences to nurses in Minneapolis 
hospitals. She was president of the Minnesota 
Nursing Association from 1948 to 1952 and the 
first vice president of the American Nurses 
Association. She is survived by her husband, 
John Coe, 8106 Highwood Dr., #Y204, 
Bloomington 55438; and a nephew, Joseph B. 
Munro Jr. '52. 

Gustave Freeman '29, Palo Alto, Calif; Sept. 
16. A pathologist and former director of the 
department of medical sciences at Stanford 
Research Institute International, he used animals 
to show how chronic exposure to low levels 
of air pollutants can harm the lungs. He was .1 
consultant with the Environmental Protection 
Agency, which used his research to set air pol- 
lution standards. He taught at Yale, the Univer- 
sity of Chicago, and the California Institute of 


Technology and was a researcher at the Army 
Chemical Center in Washington and the 
National Cancer Institute. He is survived by 
two sons, including Robin '66; and a daughter. 

Irene D. Carlin "24, '30 A.M., Pawtucket, 
R.I.; Sept. 20. She was a librarian and English 
teacher at Tolman High School in Pawtucket 
for torty-five years before retiring in 1969. 
She also taught at Cranston (R.I.) High School; 
West High School, Pawtucket; and the Ameri- 
can School in Heidelberg, Germany. 

J.Winford Nagle Jr. '26, Providence; Aug. 11. 
He was an export manager at Gorham Corp. 
before retiring in 1972. He served as class trea- 
surer and editor ot the class newsletter for many 
years. He is survived by his wife, Emily, 15 
Rumstick Dr., Barnngton, R.I. 02S06; a daugh- 
ter, Shirley Nagle Holmes si; a son, James 
HI '54; and six grandchildren, including Kristin 
Holmes-Lender '76, Holly E. Holmes '77, 
and Marnie Holmes Carmichael '79. 

Robert Smith '27. Lenox, Mass.; Aug. 4. The 
author of numerous books about sports, 
including Baseball, Heroes oj Baseball, Baseball in 
America, and Babe Rutli s America, he was also a 
novelist whose works included Hold 011 the 
Liikc, The Human Image, and My Life in the 
North Ii;>i>i/>. In [967 he collaborated with 
Matthew Ridgway on the general's memoir. 
The Korean War. He is survived by his wife, 
Jean, General Delivery, Lenox 01240; two 
daughters; and two sons. 

Gertrude Rosenhirsch Zisson '30, Narra- 
gansett, R.I.; Sept. 10. She was the retired vice 
president of the Rosenhirsch Foundation. 
Survivors include two sons, Harry '61 and 
William '63; a grandson. H. Alex '91; a 
nephew, James '74; and a niece, Gloria 
Rosenhirsch Wallick '53. 

Robert W.Young '31, Marietta, Ga.; July 31. 

He was a systems analyst at the Hmdley Man- 
ufacturing Co. in Cumberland, R.I., for thirty 
years before retiring in 1974. He is survived by 
his wife. Roselyn. S01 Bonnie Glen Dr., 
Marietta 30067; and four sons. 

Melvin M. Dichter 32,Vero Beach, Fla., 
April 30. He was a retired lawyer for Brennan, 
Dichter & Brennan. A U.S. Navy veteran, he 
was ,1 former Connecticut state representative 
and a board member of Ring's End Inc. and 
Union Trust Co. Survivors include his wife, 
Sallie, 965 Lantern Ln.,Vero Beach 32963. 

Louis Macktaz '32, Lincoln. R.L; Sept. 14. 
He was a Woonsocket Probate Court judge 
and a founding partner of the Woonsocket 
law firm Macktaz, Keefer c\ Kirby. I le was a 
U.S.Army veteran of World War II. He is sur- 
vived by Ins wile. Het to. 19'' did River Rd.. 
#314, Lincoln 02865; a son; and a daughter. 

Eleanor Peabody Rupprecht '3 i. Westerly. 
R.I.; Aug. [2. She was 1 former Barrington 

schoolteacher. She is survived by a son, Carl, 
P.O. Box 1116, Hope Valley, R.I. 02832; and a 

Leonard S. Taber '33, East Providence. R.I. ; 
Aug. 27. He was a retired electrical engineer 
for the Fall River Electric Co. He is survived 
by two sons. 

Mary Carr Boylan '34, East Greenwich, R.I.; 
Aug. 11. She was a science teacher in North 
Kingstown, R.I., schools for twenty years 
before retiring in 1974. She was also the founder 
and operator ot the former Bayview Pre-School 
in East Greenwich, the summer recreation 
coordinator of the North Kingstown School 
Department, and a teacher with Head Start in 
Providence. She is survived by two sons and 
tour daughters, including Barbara A. Wiechers, 
232 Bayview Ave., East Greenwich 02818. 

Eugene W. Davis '34, Terrace Park, Ohio; 
Aug. 17. He was self-employed as a real estate 
broker. Survivors include his wife. Winifred, 
212 Oxford Ave. , Terrace Park 45174; and two 

Winslow A. Robbins '34, Houston; Sept. 7. 
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran ofWorldWar II, 
he was a retired partner in the Boston law 
firm ofWarner & Stackpole. where he special- 
ized in estate and trust law. He is survived by a 
son, Winslow Robbins Jr. '63,758 Elsinore 
Dr., Solvang, Calif. 93463; and a daughter, 
Juliet Robbins Lisle '76. 

Miriam Hallen Johnson '35. Chatham. 
Mass.; Aug. 29. She is survived by a son and 
two daughters. 

Elmer Rigelhaupt '35, Sarasota. Fla.; Sept. 
22. He was an executive in his family's retail 
shoe business before retiring in 1966. A U. S. 
Army veteran ofWorld War II. he taught Amer- 
ican studies at the Brooks School in Lincoln, 
Mass. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor 
Scheft Rigelhaupt '42,7350 Royal Birkdale 
Dr., Sarasota 34238; and two daughters, includ- 
ing Barbara Rigelhaupt Fetner '65. 

Harold F. Bright '36, Davenport, Iowa; June 
12. He was vice president for academic affairs 
at George Washington University. He is sur- 
vived by his wife, Frances, 4132 Northwest 
Blvd., #102. Davenport 52806. 

Arthur I. Saklad '37, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; 
Aug. 26. He was a retired executive vice presi- 
dent of Ben Elfinan and Son Inc. 111 Boston. 
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, 4300 N. 
Ocean Blvd.. Fort Lauderdale 33308; a daugh- 
ter: and a cousin. Sarah '28. 

Earle E.TiltonJr. '38. Warwick, R.L; Sept. 
18. He was a hydraulic-hose assembler at H.H. 
Watson Co. 111 Last Providence for ten years 
before retiring 111 1986. He is survived by two 
sons, including Dixon, 281 Wolf Rock Rd., 
Exeter. R.I. 02822. 

Donald D. D'Antuono '39, North Smith- 
field, R.L; Aug. 31. He was a district manager 
of business service for New England Telephone 
tor forty years, retiring in 1979. In World War 
II, he served with the U.S.Army Signal Corps. 
He is survived by his wife, Anne Cooney 
D'Antuono '46, S09 Pound Hill Rd., North 
Smithfield 02896; two sons, including Donald 
'72; and two daughters, including Nancy '71. 

Henry A. Klie '40. Bloomfield, N.J.; Aug. 6. 
He was president of Henry Klie Inc., an insur- 
ance firm in Jersey City, N.J., founded by his 
father in 1910.A captain in the U.S.Army Sig- 
nal Corps during World War II, he was active 
in civic affairs in Jersey City. While at Brown, 
he was president of Delta Tau Delta. Survivors 
include his wife, Hester, 39 Hyde Rd., Bloom- 
field 07003; a brother, Robert '44; three daugh- 
ters; and a son. 

Stewart B.Ashton '41, Greenville, R.L; Sept. 
14. He was a former president of Private Brand 
Blades Inc. in North Providence and a general 
manager of CI. Hayes Inc. in Cranston. He 
was also an engineer and project manager for 
Eversharp-Schick in Connecticut and a tool 
designer for the Taft-Pierce Co. in Providence. 
He is survived by his wife, Catherine, 9 Maple- 
crest Dr., Greenville 02S28; and a daughter. 

George B. Corcoran '41. Suffield, Conn.; 
Aug. 28. A retired ophthalmologist, he was an 
assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at 
Yale University; chief of surgery and chairman 
of ophthalmology at Mercy Hospital; on the 
staff at Wesson Memorial Hospital, Providence 
Hospital, and Bay State Medical Center; and a 
consultant in ophthalmology for several hos- 
pitals. He was in private practice in Spring- 
field. Mass.. at the time of his retirement in 
1987. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia, Box 
60S, Suffield 0607S; five daughters; two sons; 
two stepdaughters; and two stepsons. 

Paul W. Benson '42, Riverside, R.L; Sept. 4. 
He was the University locksmith at Brown for 
forty-five years until retiring in 1977. In World 
War II. he served in the U.S. Air Force and 
participated in the invasions of Sicily and 
Normandy. He received the Presidential Unit 
Citation ribbon and the European-African- 
Middle Eastern Theater ribbon with five 
Bronze Stars. He is survived by his wife, Char- 
lotte Morse Benson '36, so Burnside Ave., 
Riverside 02915; two sons, including Freder- 
ick '65; and four daughters, including Nancy 
Benson Mari '71. 

George P. Delaney '43, Burnllville, R.L; 
Sept. 28. A U.S. Navy veteran ofWorld War II, 
he was a traffic engineer at New England 
Telephone & Telegraph, retiring in 1982. He is 
survived by a son and a daughter. 

Donald R. Parker '44, Ambergris Caye, 
Belize; |ulv 2S. He was an industrial engineer 
who specialized 111 the manufacture ot non- 
woven fabrics. After serving in the U.S. Navy 

I A N U A m II B R I A It V I 9 ') 8 

during World War II, he joined Chicopee 
Manufacturing Corp., a division of Johnson £V 
Johnson, in Bensenville, 111. He later worked 
for Chicopee in Providence before moving to 
Indianapolis to join Commercial Filters Corp. 
Prior to relocating to Belize in 1996, he served 
as a consultant for the nonwoven fabrics indus- 
try. His survivors include a daughter, Jarrett 
Parker Kroll, 333 E. 30th St., New York, N.Y. 
10016; a son; and a grandson, Charles Kroll '00. 

Rodney A. Hanks '45. Honolulu, Hawaii; 
Aug. 24. He was a retired manager ot tariff 
training for Western Airlines. 

Ralph C. Monroe '45, Southbridge, Mass.; 
1996. A retired internist, he was a veteran of 
World War II. In retirement he served as a 
consultant in occupational medicine at Amer- 
ican Optical Corp., medical director of 
Mutual Alliance Plan, and director ot medical 
education at Harrington Memorial Hospital 
in Southbridge. He is survived by his wife, 
Catherine, 35 Pine Ridge Rd., Southbridge 
01550; three sons; and a daughter. 

Walter J. Miller '45. Bristol, R.I.;Aug. 30. 
He was employed by the former Fulflex Inc. 
for many years before retiring in 1974. He was 
a U.S. Army veteran ofWorld War II. He is 
survived by a son and two daughters. 

Robert H.Wehrman '4S, Fountain Valley, 
Calif.; May 31. He was a retired sales manager 
at Industrial Power Transmission. Survivors 
include his wife, Betty. 16755 Silktree St., 
Fountain Valley 92708; a son, Robert Jr. '69; 
and a daughter. 

Joseph D. Accardi '49, Sarasota, Fla.; April 
17. He was a retired lawyer. He is survived by 
his wife, 6241 Timberlake Dr., #D-2, Sarasota 

Francis W. Dana Jr. '49, Huntington, Conn.; 
July 16. A retired stockbroker forjanney Mont- 
gomery Scott in Bridgeport, Conn., he was 
also director of admissions at the University of 
Bridgeport; Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, 
N.J.; Manhattanville College, Purchase, N.Y.; 
and Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y. He 
served in the U.S. Air Force for five years and 
attained the rank of first lieutenant. He is sur- 
vived by his wife, Alice Forstall Dana '48, 
23 Ripton Rd., Huntington 06484; a daughter; 
and two sons. 

Leonard Seader '49, Manchester, Conn.; 
Aug. 30. A U.S. Army veteran ofWorldWar II. 
he served as executive vice president of First 
Hartford Realty Corp. He was head of the 
Manchester Board of Education for twelve 
years and a founder of Manchester Community 
College. He also worked on the presidential 
election team of Robert Kennedy and was 
appointed to Lady Bird Johnson's Urban 
Renewal Task Force. He is survived by his 
wife, Ellen, 114 Richmond Dr., Manchester 
06040; two daughters; and a son. 

Edgar B. Cutter '50, Roanoke, Va.; Sept. 3. 
He was a retired urologist. He is survived by 
his wife, Patricia Nutter Cutter '52, 3173 
Stonendge Rd., S.W, Roanoke 24014. 

George A. Eckert Jr. '50, Los Angeles; May 
10. A colonel in the U.S. Army, he was 
awarded the Legion of Merit in 1980 after 
thirty-six years of active and reserve service. A 
stage director for Grand Concourse Produc- 
tions in Beverly Hills, California, he worked 
on the original productions of West Side Story 
and Damn Yankees, and served as Gene Kelly's 
assistant for A Guide to (he Married Man and 
Hello, Dolly! 

C. Glenn Flanders Jr. '50, Windsor Locks, 
Conn.; Aug. 27. He operated the Brett-Flanders 
Insurance Agency for thirty years and served 
as chairman of the Windsor Locks Board of 
Education. He served in the U.S. Army during 
World War II. Survivors include his wife, 
Dorothy, 52 Church St. .Windsor Locks 06096; 
three brothers. Urban '49, Samuel '50, and 
John '53; a sister; three sons, mcludingjohn 
'79; and a daughter, Catherine '91. 

Wallace F. Holbrook '50, West Hartford, 
Conn.; Aug. 4. A retired foreign service officer 
for the U.S. Department of State, he served 111 
Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as in the United 
States. After retiring from foreign service in 
1982, he worked for the Connecticut Economic 
Development Department's international 
division as an export adviser. He is survived 
by his wife, Sonja, 1199 Farmington Ave., West 
Hartford 06107; an d a son. 

Howard G. Hunt Jr. '50, Chicago; April 15. 
A former manager at Paine Webber in New- 
port News.Va., he also worked as a branch 
manager at ICE Inc. He is survived by a brother, 
Andrew '51, 8 Cooke St., Providence 02906. 

at the Sun Oil Co. for thirty-three years. When 
he retired in 1984, he was head of the Gov- 
ernment Liaison Office. He is survived by his 
wife, Pauline, 66 Chestnut Valley Dr., Doyles- 
town 18901; a daughter; and three sons. 

William F.Viviani '51 A.M., Pawtucket, R.I.; 
Aug. 20. He was a professor of Spanish at Prov- 
idence College for twenty-two years until 
retiring in 1978. A U.S. Army veteran ofWorld 
War II, he served in Europe with the Office 
of Strategic Services. He is survived by three 
nieces and two nephews. 

Peter M. Beattie "52, Tiverton, R.I. ; Aug. 17. 
A U.S. Navy veteran ofWorld War II, he was a 
sales manager for Acushnet Processing Co. in 
New Bedford, Mass., for twenty years before 
retiring in 1988. He is survived by a son and 
three daughters. 

J. Robert Annino '54, Captree Island, N.Y; 
Sept. 10, 1996. He was an attorney. 

Sandra Solomon Gerson '56,Tarrytown, 
N.Y; Aug. 3, of complications from lung can- 
cer. A former associate advertising director 
and hospital services social worker, she most 
recently was involved in market research for 
the consumer electronics industry. She worked 
for TWICE (Tliis Week in Consumer Electron- 
ics), a trade publication edited by her husband, 
Robert. She is survived by her husband, 36 
Birch Way, Tarrytown 10591 ; and a son. 

Edward Artinian '57, Chatham, N.J.; Sept. 7. 
The founder and owner ot the college text- 
book firm Chatham House Publishers Inc., he 
was also a well-known publisher in the field 
of political science. He had been an editor for 
Dodd Mead and David McKay publishers in 
New York City and was a member of the 
American Political Science Association. He is 
survived by his wife, Patricia, 5 Highland Ave., 
Chatham 07928. 

Samuel J. Kozak '58 Sc.M., Lexington, Va.; 
July 2. He was a geology professor at Washing- 
ton and Lee University. He is survived by his 
wife, Julia, P.O. Box 1230, Lexington 24450. 

Ann Beale '60, Lemoyne, Pa.; Aug. 13. A 
freelance editor and writer, she was managing 
editor of British Heritage magazine in the 
1980s. She is survived by her companion, Matt 
Kuhn, 225 Hummel Ave., Lemoyne 17043. 

Thomas M. Maines '49, Richmond, R. I.; 
Sept. 16. A U.S. Army veteran ofWorld War II, 
he was a music instructor at South Kingstown 
(R.I.) High School. He is survived by a sister 
and a brother. 

Eugene P. Meekly '49. Fletcher, N.C.;June 
20, of cancer. A sergeant in a MASH unit dur- 
ing the Korean War. he was .1 retired librarian 
and technical information officer for Koppers 
Co. in Pittsburgh. He is survived by his wife, 
15 Westfield Rd.. Fletcher 28732. 

Wilbert O.Jacob Jr. '50, Stratford, Conn.; 
Feb. 14. 1996. He was head proofreader at 
Alphabet Soup Inc. in Bridgeport, Conn. After 
retiring in 1991, he served as co-chair of the 
Federal Labor-Management Collaboration 
Program in Bridgeport and as a member of 
the Stratford Waterfront and Harbor Manage- 
ment Commission. He is survived by a daugh- 
ter, Barbara, 157 RyegatcTer., Stratford 06497. 

Richard P. Clark si , I )oylestown. Pa.; Aug. 
1 1. A Naval veteran ofWorld War II. he worked 

Marvin M. Crutchfield '60 Ph.D., St. Louis, 
Mo., Nov. 22, 1996. A chemist for more than 
thirty years, he retired in 1991 from Monsanto 
Industrial Chemical Co., where he was a 
senior research fellow in the inorganic chemi- 
cal division. He is survived by his wife, 
Dorothy, 1529 Cerulean Dr., St. Louis 63146; 
and two sons. 

Juan G. Rodriguez '74, Eagle Pass, Tex.: [an. 
12, 1992. Survivors include his mother, 
Clementina, 2S5 Trinity. Eagle Pass 78S52. 0^> 




I finally got caller ID, the nifty tele- 
phone feature that tells you who is 
calling and from what number. Right 
away I pledged to refrain from picking up 
the phone and saying "Hi, Dad!" when 
my father calls. This widespread practice 
invariably startles the caller and begins 
conversations on an awkward note. 
Besides, my husband and I made a pact to 
keep our caller ID secret, so our family 
won't know we're screening their calls. 

The reason we decided to get caller 
11) was simple: we wanted to avoid tele- 
marketers during the dinner hour. The 
appeal is something like that of having an 
ultrasound test to find out the sex of your 
baby. I like to be prepared. I had no 
inkling, however, that getting caller ID 
would bring me t'.\ce to face with so 
many ethical and practical dilemmas. 

Often we get calls for Gamblers 
Anonymous, whose number is one digit 
off from ours. The other night, when one 
of these callers misdialed and reached us. 
her name showed on our machine. After 
"Jan" hung up, it occurred to me that I 
could call her back and give her the right 
number for Gamblers Anonymous. As I 

vi. ill. ued between my desire to help and 

Wrong Number 

my squeannshness about invading Jan's 
privacy, she misdialed again, and 1 was 
able to set her straight without intruding, 
lint I felt terrible. Here was this poor 
woman seeking anonymous help, yet I 
immediately had learned her name and 
number. What it 1 actually knew her? 

The next dilemma presented by caller 
ID involved an elusive repairman. The 
computer I'd just bought had arrived bro- 
ken. The company promised to dispatch a 
technician. Over the course of the next 
several days, the repair guy left messages 
on our answering machine: "This is Steve 
from your computer company. Sorry I 
missed you; I'll call back." He never left a 
number where I could reach him, and 
since he was calling from his cell phone, 
no number showed on caller ID. I became 
chained to the house in my desperation 
to get the computer fixed. 

Finally Steve gave himself away. He 
called late one afternoon from his home 
phone, leaving no return number. But his 
name and number showed up on callei 
II). so I phoned him at home. Steve wasn't 
pleased that I'd found him. but he came 
to our house at 8:30 the next morning 
and repaired the computer. 

No sooner had I resolved the com- 
puter crisis than we got a wrong-number 
call with a twist. It was the sort of call that 
wouldn't have given me pause in the days 
before caller ID. A man asked for Larry 
Johnson. "Wrong number," I responded, 
and hung up. End of story. But then I 
noticed that our caller ID was saying the 
call was from Larry Johnson. Why would 
Larry Johnson telephone and ask for him- 
self? Was he a crank caller? My sister 
finally came up with a plausible explana- 
tion: a workman at Larry Johnson's house 
was trying to reach him at his office. For 
all I know, Larry may work at Gamblers 

Caller ID, I imagine, has taken some of 
the ease out of dating. Back in the days 
when I was single and there was no caller 
ID, I sometimes used my phone to 
research potential dates. For instance, it I 
met an appealing man, I might look up 
his number and call his machine to see 
whether the message said "I'm not home" 
or "We're not home." With caller ID, I 
would have had to go undercover — slink- 
ing around to use a cell phone, a pay 
phone, or a blocked number. It might 
have been more exciting, but it certainly 
would have been inconvenient. 

A friend just bought an advanced fea- 
ture that allows you to program in the 
names ot your most frequent callers. 
When the phone rings, an automated 
voice tells you who's calling. Say it's your 
mom; the ID box intones "MOM." I 
worry that the next generation of soft- 
ware will develop opinions and start to 
nag: "It's MOM calling; you should really 
take her call this time." Instant guilt. 

Have we lost something with all this 
advance warning? lust as an ultrasound 
takes away that sweet moment in the 
delivery room when the obstetrician 
announces "It's a boy," caller ID steals the 
surprise of being greeted by an old friend 
on the line. Soon everyone will wise up 
and start blocking their numbers, and all 
phone communication will be impossible. 
It's only a matter of time before we resort 
to jotting messages on pretty sheets of 
notepaper and popping them 111 the mail. 

Jocelyn Hale oj Minneapolis is monitoring calls 
from home with the kids. 

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